PNP ready to provide documents on drug deaths despite delays

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 12 2018 02:47 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2019 03:36 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police said delays in the submission of reports from subordinate units may be one of the reasons why other government agencies find it difficult to get data and documents from the PNP.

PNP spokesperson C/Supt John Bulalacao on Monday said government agencies such as the Commission on Human Rights can still have access to spot reports but not the entire case folders of crimes.

"May instances talaga na mahihirapan sila because of the delays in the submission of reports of subordinate units. Pero we are ready to provide documents, kaya lang may dapat i-observe na policy kung papano magbibigay ng documents," he told reporters.

"We do not want to be unduly putting our personnel in compromising situations. We should consider their security. We want to be careful in dishing out info on the details of the case, not necessarily compromising transparency," he said.

CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz said there has been "very minimal cooperation" from government agencies in their investigation of alleged extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses of policemen in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

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He said PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa once promised to share files with the commission, but it did not materialize because "the permission was not granted."

Cadiz said they are handling about 1,000 cases relating to the drug war, with 90 percent of these being investigated motu proprio and about 10 percent filed by citizens.

About half of this number involve police operations, while the other half are regarding alleged vigilante killings, said Cadiz.