PNP makes cursory probe of bloodiest night in Duterte’s drug war
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it has tasked the Internal Affairs Services (IAS) to investigate and look into the bloodiest night in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos made the statement following the “One Time Big Time Operation” conducted by the Bulacan Provincial Police Office (BPPO) against illegal drugs which led to the death of 32 suspects and arrest of 107 individuals during the course of 66 anti-narcotic operations.
The operation, which started Tuesday midnight and lasted until Wednesday midnight, led to seizure of 367 pieces of heat sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu approximately weighing 234.4292 grams; 765 grams of marijuana leaves; two hand grenades: 34 assorted firearms; 114 rounds of assorted ammunition in the course of 49 buy-bust operations, 14 search warrants, and three checkpoint operations.
BPPO head Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat said majority of those killed were notorious drug users.
Carlos said the IAS investigation was “motto propio” as it is automatic for the body to investigate if a police operation resulted in the use of a firearm that resulted in a death of one or several suspects.
The investigation is being done to remove public doubts from the police operation, he added.
But Carlos said the police could not a control an armed suspect if they j decide to shoot at a responding officer. Should this happen, the PNP spokesperson said that the police has no other recourse but to defend themselves. (PNA)
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