De Lima proposes 'Anti-Extrajudicial Killing' bill

De Lima proposes 'Anti-Extrajudicial Killing' bill

- Senator Leila De Lima filed a bill which seeks to stop or at least reduce extrajudicial killings

- De Lima filed the “Anti-Extrajudicial Killing of 2016” which consists of the definition of extrajudicial killings and standards for government agencies involved

- Extrajudicial killings have been criticized as President Rodrigo Duterte implemented his administration's war on drugs

Senator Leila De Lima who has been criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war and its rising number of deaths filed a bill on the Senate which proposes that police must use megaphone to warn suspects prior to arrest and prohibits the firing of warning shots.

De Lima proposed the “Anti-Extrajudicial Killing of 2016” in Senate Bill 1197 which aims to clearly define extrajudicial killing. The senator proposed the bill in order to reduce the rising death toll as President Duterte pursues his drug war since he assumed the post.


Senator Leila De Lima (Photo from

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The bill's definition of extrajudicial killings says it is “the unlawful, and deliberate killing of targeted individuals or groups thereof, carried out by agents of the State and under its order or acquiescence in lieu of arrest, investigation and prosecution.”

The definition also states that extrajudicial killing includes summary killings committed by private individuals for their own purpose or for the State's campaign or policy.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), as cited in the bill, will be authorized to investigate the cases related to extrajudicial killings, motu propio or on complaint with the help of the National Bureau of Investigation for CHR and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

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There are also set standards for the PNP such as: firing warning shots are not allowed; the principal rule in police intervention operations (PIOs) would be the necessity of force test; there should be proportionate use of force when employed and such should only be allowed if the attempt to evade arrest is clear and convincing.

The penalty for people who are guilty of extrajudicial killing is life imprisonment without parole. Public officials who fail to conduct necessary actions against suspects who committed extrajudicial killings will also be sanctioned.

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