Senator Leila de Lima has hailed the choice of the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office discovering possible trigger to charge the 2 cops accused of killing a suspected drug consumer and his father with murder.

De Lima stated there ought to by no means be a commerce off between legislation enforcement and the rule of legislation.

“Our police authorities should strictly adhere to the rights of the accused, including but not limited to due process of law and the presumption of innocence as guaranteed by the Constitution even to suspected criminals,” she stated in a press release issued Thursday (April 27).

“We need to send a strong signal that any police excesses will never go unpunished,” the senator added.

PO2 Alipio Balo and PO1 Michael Tomas have been charged with two counts of murder over the death of father-and-son Jaypee and Renato Bertes inside a police station after they have been arrested for alleged drug use.

De Lima, who led the Senate probe on alleged extrajudicial killings (EJK) led to by the Duterte administration’s warfare on medicine and that originally took up the Bertes’ case, stated the federal government should step up its efforts in resolving a number of different circumstances.

In the Senate probe, De Lima recalled that there have been evident proof exhibiting Balo and Tomas didn’t solely blatantly ignore the usual working procedures in arrested suspected drug offenders but in addition intentionally and completely silenced the Berteses to cowl up their very own alleged involvement in the unlawful drug commerce.