Bato: We stand by our def­i­ni­tion of EJK

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PHILIP­PINE Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa on Mon­day said the state's def­i­ni­tion of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings (EJKs) has not changed since it was adopted and signed by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He said PNP's def­i­ni­tion of EJK was based on the op­er­a­tional guide­lines of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der 35 adopted and signed on April 18, 2013.

Dela Rosa said that based on AO 35, the killings of cause-ori­ented group mem­bers and me­dia per­son­al­i­ties are the ones con­sid­ered as ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, as he stressed that sus­pects killed dur­ing le­git­i­mate drug op­er­a­tions of the po­lice are not con­sid­ered vic­tims of EJKs.

“Hindi yan (killings of drug sus­pects) qual­i­fied as ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing,” he said.

[The killing of drug sus­pects is not qual­i­fied as ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings.]

Dela Rosa lamented that gov­ern­ment crit­ics use EJKs, in­stead of “killings” or “deaths un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion” to dis­credit the ad­min­is­tra­tion's drug war.

“Ang hindi lang namin matang­gap is pinip­ilit ninyo na ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing. Why? Be­cause th­ese crit­ics want to arouse the sen­ti­ment of the pub­lic to go against the gov­ern­n­ment. It's very ob­vi­ous. Sabi­hin nila na pro­pa­ganda namin yan na walang EJK. Bakit ‘yung pag-la­bel nila as ejk hindi ba pro­pa­ganda?” he added.

[What we can­not ac­cept is that they are in­sist­ing that it was ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing. Why? Be­cause th­ese crit­ics want to arouse the sen­ti­ment of the pub­lic to go against the gov­ern­ment. It's very ob­vi­ous. They will say that it was our pro­pa­ganda to claim that there were no cases of EJK. Why, is la­bel­ing it as EJK not a pro­pa­ganda?]

AO 35, signed by for­mer Jus­tice sec­re­tary Leila de Lima, de­fines EJKs as the killing of mem­bers or ad­vo­cates of po­lit­i­cal, en­vi­ron­men­tal, agrar­ian, la­bor, or sim­i­lar causes, me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers and per­sons mis­taken to be so.

PNP spokesper­son Dionardo Car­los last week said that from July 1 to Septem­ber 30, the De­cem­ber 2016 killing of Catan­d­u­anes-based jour­nal­ist Larry Que is con­sid­ered as the only in­ci­dent of EJK in the coun­try.

Car­los, how­ever, re­tracted his state­ment not­ing that Que's killing is not yet a con­firmed case of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing.

Car­los made the state­ment fol­low­ing the re­lease of a So­cial Weather Sta­tions sur­vey which showed that 73 per­cent of Filipinos are wor­ried that they or any­one they know could be a vic­tim of EJK.

SWS data show that over 3,000 drug sus­pects were

killed amid the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s war on drugs.

Mean­while, In­ter­nal Af­fairs Ser­vice (IAS) chief in­spec­tor gen­eral Alfe­gar Tri­ambulo said they are au­dit­ing the per­for­mance of each po­lice re­gional of­fices in in­ves­ti­gat­ing each cases in their area of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

He said they are look­ing at two things: ef­fec­tive­ness, which means that all cases in their ar­eas of re­spon­si­bil­ity are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated; and ef­fi­ciency, which is the move­ment of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“So kami ngayon ay meron nang cover­ing team sa la­hat ng re­gional IAS namin na mag­con­duct ng spe­cial in­spec­tion. I-o-au­dit namin yung kani­lang per­for­mance so pag hindi ef­fec­tive o ef­fi­cient `yung mga at­ing com­man­ders ng at­ing mga ka­pulisan kami po ay ma­gr­ere­c­om­mend na sila ay i-re­lieve for be­ing in­ef­fec­tive and in­ef­fi­cient,” he said.

[We have now cover­ing teams in all re­gional IAS to con­duct a spe­cial in­spec­tion. We will au­dit their per­for­mances and if they are not ef­fec­tive or ef­fi­cient as com­man­ders we will rec­om­mend their re­lief for be­ing in­ef­fec­tive and in­ef­fi­cient.)

Tri­ambulo said the con­duct of au­dit aims to end al­leged claims of ex­tra-ju­di­cial killings al­legedly be­ing per­formed by le­git­i­mate po­lice­men and also as part of the in­ter­nal cleans­ing.

How­ever, he clarified that as IAS, they are only con­cerned about the ad­min­is­tra­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion against the cops and not the other sus­pects as it will al­ready fall un­der crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Tri­ambulo said the IAS has since in­ves­ti­gated at least 2,000 cases of cops hav­ing been killed crim­i­nal sus­pects.

He said they will sub­mit to Dela Rosa their rec­om­men­da­tion by Novem­ber. SunS­tar Philip­pines

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