SENATOR Grace Poe has asked Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa to submit a report on drug-related killings amid the rising number of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug traffickers.
She reiterated her full support for the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, citing the PNP’s dedication in eliminating this menace, even as she underscored the need to ensure protection of basic human rights.
At Thursday’s Senate public hearing on some proposed measures to wiretap suspected drug lords and drug pushers, Poe had asked De la Rosa to submit an update on cases involving drug-related deaths.
“Humihingi (or hihingi) kami ng kopya ng update dito sa mga imbestigasyon na ito. Kaya lamang, nandoon na tayo, kung matagal man ang imbestigasyon pero sana may imbestigasyon talaga,” said Poe in a television interview.
“Gusto natin talagang masugpo na itong problema sa droga kaya lang kasama rin naman ay proteksyunan din ang ating mga kababayan na magkaroon sila ng patas na pagkakataong depensahan ang sarili nila lalung-lalo na kung sumuko na,” she said.
Poe added: “Ang mga Pilipino ngayon ay sawang-sawa na talaga sa krimen at droga kaya pinalalagpas ang lahat ng ito hanggang mangyari sa iyong pamilya o sa iyong kakilala. Sinasabi natin na may hangganan ito. Basta dapat nasa tamang mabilis na proseso.”
She also said that the anti-drugs campaign must include rehabilitation programs especially for the poor who cannot afford the high cost of treatment. Poe had proposed a partnership between the government and the private sector to address the need for more rehabilitation centers and facilities.
“Kaya nga sa Senado nais namin talagang itaas yung budget para magkaroon naman ng lugar itong mga mahihirap na sumusuko na kailangan ng rehabilitasyon,” said Poe.
Dela Rosa admitted that deaths “under investigation” had reached 899 from July 1 to August 15, with 665 of these from legitimate operations. Only 22 cases of deaths being investigated by the PNP were filed in court.