Alvarez thumbs down congressional probe on drug slays

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2016 09:45 PM

Alleged drug addicts and pushers wait to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila, Wednesday. Catholic Church leaders expressed alarm at a sharp rise in police killings of suspected criminals since the election of President-elect Duterte. PHOTO BY NOEL CELIS, AFP

MANILA - Incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez thumbs down congressional investigations of the alleged illegal drug activities that have become the subject of a government crackdown led by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Meron tayong proseso sa batas, sundin na lang natin yan. May husgado naman, may Department of Justice (DOJ) na pwede magimbestiga. Gawin na lang muna natin, huwag na muna congressional inquiries," Alvarez said Wednesday.

He asked critics not to prejudge the campaign of the government. "It's still too early to judge na merong di na-follow na due process," he said.

"If there is a need, why not? But as far as I'm concerned, huwag na muna tayo sa imbestigasyon. Imbestigasyon, wala naman nangyayari diyan, masyado maaksaya ng panahon," he added.

Alvarez wants Congress to focus on legislation to be "productive."

Earlier today, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat signified his intent to call for a congressional investigation into alleged extra-judicial killings and personalities linked to illegal drugs.

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Baguilat questioned why law enforcers seemingly intensified their operations against drug suspects only after Duterte assumed office last week.

"If they had this information before, why was there no action? How reliable is this intelligence? If it is, ano na susunod na gagawin? Karamihan so far ng mga pinaslang o sinugpo ng kampanya ay mga taong mababa ang antas," he said.

He said he will file the resolution to ensure balance in the anti-crime campaign of Duterte.

"To balance things, I think we do have to probe this allegation because one of the ultimate goals of our investigations is to professionalize the PNP," he said.

"Bakit ngayon lang parang intensified the drug campaign? Dahil ba sa marami ding mga pulis at pati mga politiko ang involved?"