Bato’s li­a­bil­ity on il­le­gal killings

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

the “war” was waged by the po­lice. Duterte was not in­volved in any po­lice oper­a­tion. The ICC, that ar­gu­ment runs, should hound those who wield the gun and caused the vi­o­lence. And Bato was their chief.

With Bato leav­ing PNP, would his ac­count­abil­ity also go? That wasn’t raised in his farewell or in the news sto­ries about his exit. dur­ing his term as PNP chief.

A Hu­man Rights Watch study of 24 in­ci­dents in­volv­ing po­lice op­er­a­tions be­tween Oc­to­ber 2016 and Jan­uary 2017, in which 32 peo­ple died, said po­lice “rou­tinely planted ev­i­dence, spent am­mu­ni­tion and pack­ets of drugs next to the bodies of the vic­tims.” In HRW’s 80-page spe­cial re­port of March 3, 2017, ti­tled “Li­cense to Kill: Philip­pine Po­lice Killings in Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’,” the po­lice are the faces of the per­pe­tra­tors. And their chief was de la Rosa.

A Reuters spe­cial re­port in April 2017 was fleshed out mainly by the in­for­ma­tion of two whistle­blow­ers: a for­mer PNP in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer and a com­man­der still in ac­tive duty. The data and de­tails were so ex­ten­sive that it couldn’t be dis­missed as sen­sa­tional fake news.

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