MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday vowed that there will be an impartial probe on the simultaneous Bulacan raids that led to the killing of 32 suspected drug personalities.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella gave this assurance even though President Rodrigo Duterte already hailed the deadly police operations and did not question the way these were carried out.
“The Bulacan raids, we have to underscore, are not the result of a single action, but a wide ranging simultaneous police operations against illegal drug offenders conducted in the whole province of Bulacan,” Abella said in a statement.
“Local authorities were met with violent resistance as evidenced by the recovery of firearms, grenades, and live ammunition.”
Bulacan police chief, Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat, said 66 anti-drug operations were conducted in 24 hours, from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday (August 15) to 12 a.m. Wednesday (August 16), killing 32 people suspected of using drugs.
The police operations, Caramat said, resulted in 20 armed encounters and 109 arrests of drug suspects. Authorities also recovered P1 million worth of "shabu" and 34 guns.
Caramat said the operations they conducted had legal basis, and they prepared for these over one month before they executed the anti-drug sweep.
"On our part, we know that we've done nothing wrong. But there are some sectors that might investigate us. We are open to any investigation," he said in a press conference.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos earlier said that, as a matter of procedure, the police Internal Affairs Service will probe the controversial anti-drug operations.