Extra-judicial killings not state-sanctioned: Palace

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 01 2016 05:01 PM

Gov't probing questionable police drug killings

Photo by Basilio Sepe, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Palace reiterated that extra-judicial killings in the war against drugs are not state-sanctioned and that government is looking into reports that ''scalawag'' policemen are involved in "illegitimate operations" in an effort to get rid of drug dealers they are in cahoots with.

"Drug killings are not state-sanctioned and that we also have to clearly and carefully make reference to the fact that certain deaths involving policemen may be cleansing operations by scalawags in uniform and that these matters are already under investigation," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa said today 929 drug suspects had been killed in police operations from July 1 to August 31.

ABS-CBN's Investigative and Research Group, meanwhile, said there have been 1,313 drug-related killings from May 10 to September 1. Of the total number of fatalities, 796 were killed during police operations.

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PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa said in a Senate hearing last week that suspects killed in police operations are presumed to have resisted arrest. He added that there is a presumption of regularity in the police operations.

Meanwhile, Malacañang also justified the giving of rewards for police who will squeal on fellow policemen involved in drugs.

"These are extraordinary times and they demand extraordinary measures," Abella said.

"They have their own system of rewards and (dela Rosa) seems to have the quoted the President as saying that there will be financial rewards also."