Senator Leila de Lima on Friday urged known as out Philippine National Police (PNP) Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa to stand up and save the establishment from additional ignominy.
She stated dela Rosa has been blindly imposing, with impunity, the presidential order of nationwide massacre.
“Remember this, obedience to a clearly unlawful order is NOT a defense in criminal prosecution especially of a most heinous crime as crimes against humanity,” De Lima stated.
“Think about you family and the next generation of Filipino people. Think about ICC (International Criminal Court). Duterte will not be President forever. He will not be there to save you when the day of reckoning and judgment comes as it will surely come,” she stated in a assertion.
She additionally urged the policemen accused of killing 17-year-old Kian delos Santos to come clear on the instances dealing with them.
Murder and torture charges had been filed earlier than the Department of Justice (DOJ) by delos Santos household in opposition to PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz and their supervisor Chief Insp. Amor Cerillo and Caloocan City police group precinct 7 commander.
De Lima, former DOJ secretary, stated Cruz, Pereda and Oares had been completely inside their rights after they invoked their rights to silence and in opposition to self-incrimination throughout Thurday’s Senate listening to on the case.
“Like other criminals or suspected criminals, they are assured of such rights by no less than our Constitution,” she stated.
“Like many of us, I want these lawless elements of the PNP prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Give them their day in court and once proven guilty, let them be meted with appropriate penalty,” the senator stated.