MANILA - The government does not tolerate police abuses, a Cabinet official said Wednesday, after a survey found more Filipinos rejected authorities' claim that suspects killed in the anti-narcotics crackdown resisted arrest.
"There is certainly certain abuses committed by the police officers in the methods of their arrest, but what is important is that this government does not tolerate police abuse," Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo told ANC's Headstart.
"Police officers who have been charged with the acts committed by them under the law, they are facing charges… Cases have been filed against police officers who are found to be abusing their authority as police officers," he said.
A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that 37 percent of respondents don't believe the police's claim that drug suspects were killed because they fought back. Another 45 percent were undecided while 17 percent said police were telling the truth.
The SWS polled 1,500 adults from Sept 23 to 27 for the study released on Monday.
"The perception is different from reality. That may be the perception of interviewed during the survey, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that that is the truth on the ground," he said.
Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte had reminded authorities repeatedly that he would not tolerate abuses.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency recently took over from the Philippine National Police as the lead agency in the drug war. The police-led campaign has left 3,800 suspects killed, according to its own tally.