SENATOR Panfilo Lacson has urged National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to form a special task group that will solely focus on solving rising cases of deaths under investigation (DUI) which are mostly extrajudicial killings (EJKs).
Lacson said that this task group must be composed of PNP intelligence and investigative personnel. He made the proposal as he expressed deep concern over the unabated EJKs of suspected drug dealers and drug users.
“Kasi nakaka-worry na. Two-thirds ng 5,800 or almost 6,000 ng (EJKs) or two-thirds doon perpetrated by vigilantes, riding in tandem. And one-third ang legitimate police operations,” he said.
“Even ang legitimate police operations sometimes may question mark, may questions that need to be addressed or answered. Sa ngayon, masyadong maliit ang rate ng solution,” he said.
Lacson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, wants to see a more vigorous, more vigilant effort on the part of the PNP and NBI and the entire government, in addressing vigilante killings.
He said that vigilante killings were “not legitimate” police operation. “Kapag sinasabing vigilante killings, ito mga may packing tape, riding in tandem, pinapasok sa bahay ng unknown assailants. Hangga’t hindi tayo nakakakita ng mas mataas na solution efficiency pagdating sa murder cases na ito, then ang suspicion or perception na pinapayagan ng gobyerno ito, di mawawala.”
“I talked to the PNP officers about this problem even during the time we were still investigating the EJK sa justice committee. When they went to see me in my office, sabi ko sa kanila, para maiwasan ang suspicion na binibintangan kayo na may kinalaman kayo, i-solve ninyo,” he said.
Lacson said he had asked the PNP about the solution rate of DUIs. “Nagba-vary ang kanilang datos. We intend to ask them that. Iyung statistics nila plus ang rate of solution sa DUIs. Mababa, masyadong mababa. And ‘di natin alam anong status.”