MANILA - Minority lawmakers said Wednesday they would question the proposed budgets of the Philippine National Police and Department of Interior and Local Government following the recent surge in drug-related killings.
"Talagang didikdikin namin ang budget ng PNP. Before we approve the budget of the PNP, we would like to have a firm commitment from the authorities… There must be a clear program once and for all to stop this menace in the society," said House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez.
Lawmakers have started using the budget hearings as an "accountability measure" when the DILG presented its spending plan last week, said Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque.
Dozens were killed in anti-drug operations last week, including 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos, the bloodiest 7 days so far since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office last year.
A forensics expert said Delos Santos was shot in the back of the head and ears while on the floor, suggesting there was no gunfight, contrary to the police's claim. His family also rejected allegations that he was a drug courier.
The PNP has repeatedly denied carrying out extrajudicial killings, saying suspects are shot because they fight back. -- With RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News