Lacson wants death penalty for cops who plant drug evidence

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Posted at Jul 25 2019 11:59 AM

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Law enforcers guilty of planting narcotics on suspects should face the death penalty if it is reinstated with the backing of President Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Thursday. 

Duterte, in his annual report to the nation on Monday, urged lawmakers to approve capital punishment for high-level drug trafficking and plunder, saying that the narcotics problem would not be solved unless corruption is addressed. 

"Ang suggestion ko nga 'pag napatunayang nag-plant [ng ebidensya] iyung law enforcement, bitay rin kasi mabibitay iyung pinlantingan mo... para 10 beses silang mag-isip kong magpla-plant sila," Lacson told radio DZMM.

(My suggestion is if it is proven that law enforcement planted drug evidence, they should also face capital punishment because the person on which you planted the evidence will also face death, so that they would think 10 times before manufacturing evidence.) 

Lacson in 2017 presented surveillance footage showing suspected police officers planting drugs during a raid at an office building. The CCTV clip was shown during a Senate hearing on alleged "tokhang for ransom" activities of police.

A Reuters report also cited two senior police officers who said police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on vigilantes.

The report claimed police are paid to kill not just drug suspects, but also - for 10,000 pesos ($200) a head - rapists, pickpockets, swindlers, gang members, alcoholics and other "troublemakers."

The report doesn't provide documentary evidence for its accusations, which the intelligence officer said were based on accounts from 17 serving or former policemen, including the commander Reuters interviewed. 

The police commander said he agreed to talk because he was upset that authorities are targeting only petty drug suspects. "Why aren't they killing the suppliers?" he asked. "Only the poor are dying."

Meanwhile, Lacson said he is urging his colleagues to set the threshold of capital punishment to 100 kilos of drugs to make sure that only bigtime drug lords would face death penalty. 

"Ang suggestion ko, iyung threshold ng quantity, volume, iyung mahirap na i-plant ng law enforcement, sabihin na nating 'pag 100 kilos... Ibig sabihin talagang drug lord iyun, parang El Chapo na 'yun o kaya si Escobar na iyun," he said.

(My suggestion is the threshold of the quantity, volume should be difficult for the law enforcement to plant, let's say around 100 kilos. This means the suspect is really a drug lord, like El Chapo or Escobar.) 

DZMM, July 25, 2019 

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