'Bato' rejects 'killing pattern' in police ops

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Posted at Sep 05 2017 01:33 PM | Updated as of Sep 05 2017 02:25 PM

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The head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday took offense over observations that an alleged pattern of killing seems to be emerging in anti-drug operations.

"Siguro unfair naman pong sabihin natin na por que maraming napatay sa aming operations, gagawan natin ng pattern na talagang intention ng police na patayin," PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa told the Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs.

Dela Rosa noted that 120,000 drug suspects have been arrested in police operations while 75 officers have been killed by resisting targets.

The Senate is investigating accusations of irregularity in a narcotics sweep that killed 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos, who was allegedly mauled by cops and given a gun.

Forensics experts have noted that Delos Santos' case had similarities with the killing of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, whose body bore marks of torture contradicting police claim that he died in a shootout.

"Bakit ganito ang pattern, parang may pagkakahalintulad ito kay Kian. Magkasunod po halos ito. Oras lang din ang pagitan niyan kung bibilangan ang 2 iyan," Public Attorney's Office chief Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta told DZMM.

"Iyung mga miyembro po ng pulis, hindi po kayo lahat kagaya nila. Ilan lang po sila. Hulihin niyo po iyung mga ganitong kasama ninyo. Kayo po ay maglinisan sa inyong rank."

Dela Rosa vowed the PNP will not cover up for the operatives tagged in the death of the 2 teenagers.

He also promised to submit a report on the death toll from PNP's anti-drug efforts.

ANC, 5 September 2017