Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday pressed for a Senate inquiry on the lethal police raid on the Parojinogs in Ozamiz City after a witness claimed the incident was a bloodbath.
“I call on my fellow senators to uncover the truth behind this bloody incident. It is vital that there be a fair and independent investigation,” she mentioned in an announcement.
“The government is the protector of the law and of its people. It is not a syndicate or a mafia. The campaign of the government against society’s criminals must not itself become a crime,” she mentioned.
The predawn police raid left Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 15 others lifeless after supposedly placing up a violent resistance.
While the allegations that the Parojinogs are half of the nation’s despicable drug commerce, Hontiveros mentioned the claims on the circumstances on the bloody encounter of the mayor’s males with the Philippine National Police (PNP) is deeply disturbing.
It is attainable that the Parojinogs are drug lords is true however the authorities unequivocally should not disregard and sidestep the rule of legislation, particularly the rights enshrined within the rule of legislation in regards to the prosecution of criminals, the senator harassed.
Such critical accusations in opposition to the police who participated within the operation, if confirmed to be true, will make it seem that what occurred in Ozamiz was not a legit police operation however a state-sanctioned massace, Hontiveros mentioned.
And it could carry the weather and blueprint of the extrajudicial killing just like the case of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., she added.