The Philippine National Police on August 18 during a Senate hearing expressed its initiative to look into the killing of 889 deaths that are linked to illegal drugs—amid the allegations that they are holding up a culture of violence and vigilantism.

According to Director General Ronald dela Rosa, those deaths are not attributed to police operations but might be to vigilante groups.

“Those are the dead who were just found floating along canals, the dead who were dumped along roads with their hands tied and their faces, eyes, and mouths taped. Also those killed by riding-in0tendaem, or those who were just shot. Those are the deaths under investigation,” Dela Rosa said.

PNP set to investigate 899 drug-related killings
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Out of the 899 drug-related deaths, only 22 have been filed through the National Capital Region Police Office.

“Most suspects are drug pushers who became hitmen of the drug lords,” Dela Rosa explained, pertaining to the 22 cases. He also insisted that the holds a “scientific proof” that drug syndicates are behind the extrajudicial killings in the country. According to him, the drug lords themselves are ordering their henchmen to be killed because of failure to turn in the money from illegal drugs.

Dela Rosa said that he’s “very angry” at vigilante groups. “Yung konsensiya naming because we are in charge of the peace and order of the whole Philippine archipelago. Ngayon, may isang vigilante diyan na pumapatay… that is an insult to our (ranks). Pumapatay na lang siya, hindi naming maipapasagot sa kanyang ginawang kasalanan.”

“So that means ineffective kami. Kaya galit nag alit ako diyan sa mga vigilante,” he added.

It was the first time he issued a statement regarding the exact number of killings in relation to anti-illegal drugs.

Dela Rosa is again set to face the Senate on Monday. ASCS

Source: Rappler

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