Bato to be questioned in Senate
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Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa is about to enter the lion’s den.

Dela Rosa is set to be called to a Senate hearing on August 22-23. The Senate committee on justice and human rights is to investigate the PNP on the alleged extrajudicial killings in Duterte’s war on illegal drugs.

Dela Rosa said that he is willing to attend. “Yes, we will face it,” he said on Thursday in an interview with reporters in General Santos City. “It’s part of our job, if we will be required to attend.”

As of the moment, more than 700 lives have been claimed by the current administration’s war against illegal drugs.

Other PNP officials along with Commission on Human Rights officials and witnesses will be invited to the hearing, according to Senator Leila De Lima.

The move aims to draw attention to the call of institutionalizing respect for human rights in the conduct of police operations.

As of the moment, PNP has a record of 449 deaths from police operations. An article from Inquirer claims that they have counted 711 deaths from July 1 to August 9.

De Lima said that those invited to teh hearing will be given “due respect”.

“We have to determine the facts. We have to know the truth. We have to find out exactly why this is happening, find out how many have been killed in the course of this intensified drive against drugs,” De Lima said, adding that both deaths in police operations and vigilante-linked incidents would be investigated. MJM

Source: Inquirer

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