MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it was probing the string of killings in the city-district of Camanava, where a mother lost another son in an anti-drug operation.
“We assure the public that the PNP is investigating these incidents to make all perpetrators accountable before the law,” PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac in a text message to ABS-CBN News.
“The wish...is well taken,” added Banac.
Banac was reacting to a lengthy Facebook post of Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, who had called on the PNP to bring the deaths to justice, citing 9 deaths the last 13 days, among them a police officer, in Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas cities.
“All these victims have been killed only in the past few days. Most of them are classified as DUI (Deaths Under Investigation). As far as I know, most of the thousands of killings called DUI remain ‘under investigation, meaning, unresolved,” David said.
But Banac said a probe is standard operating procedure and that when a cop is supposedly involved in the killing, it is presumed that it was done under standard police operating procedures.
David said the spate of killings include 1 slain in Malabon by an unidentified assailant on May 24; another in Navotas on May 27; 2 in separate incidents on May 31, including the shooting of a Navotas police officer in Malabon; another slay on June 3 involving an unknown shooter in Navotas; and a man who had been missing for 5 days killed in an “alleged police encounter” in June 4 in Caloocan City.
David also lashed out at PNP for “giving credence to the lies now being peddled” by Peter Advincula, alias '”Bikoy,” who had tagged the family of President Rodrigo Duterte in the drug trade at the height of the electoral campaign, only to recant his claims, pinning the opposition in his initial allegations.
David hit Advincula’s latest allegations tagging him, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, one Father Robert and former Education Secretary Armin Luistro in supposed meetings on the alleged ouster plot against the president.