Bato’s liability on illegal killings
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.