Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar reiterated on Wednesday that there was no cover-up of deaths during illegal drug operations and that an investigation was underway.
Eleazar responded to the latest report by international rights watchdog Investigate PH, which expressed concern over the alleged cover-up and lack of credible autopsy of murders committed during police operations.
“Hindi kailanman polisiya ng PNP and panggigipit and panggigipit and pang-aabuso with my mahihirap with kababayan and the long lalo na an pagtatakip of the kamalian an aming hanay,” he said in a statement.
(It is never PNP policy to harass and abuse our poor compatriots, especially to cover up the faults of our staff.)
In its second report, Investigate PH said the police organization continued to “cover up” the circumstances of the war on drugs deaths.
The report says unarmed victims were killed inside their homes, on the streets, or were abducted. Weapons or drugs were “probably planted afterwards,” the report said.
“The people killed in anti-drug operations are overwhelmingly poor people unable to assert their due process rights,” he added.
Eleazar stressed that the PNP is open and willing to cooperate in local investigations into alleged irregularities by cops in illegal anti-drug operations.
He recalled that there were police officers who were also killed and injured in their campaign against illegal drugs.
“I understand that you want to ensure a professional PNP and a human rights-based approach in the conduct of our operations, but what I can assure you is that these are all observed and strictly monitored – the exact reason why there have been thousands of police officers who have been punished and fired from the service, ”he said.—AOL, GMA News