Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Sunday suggested the Philippine National Police to rethink its technique towards unlawful medication, following a sequence of lethal anti-drug raids in Metro Manila and Bulacan.
Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, mentioned the killings – significantly that of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos – was a “big setback” since drug pushers are possible to exploit the PNP’s being positioned on the spot.
“I think it’s time bumalik sila sa drawing board at mag-reassess uli … Bakit ganito ka-blatant ang nangyari sa Caloocan? Ito ba bahagi ng pressure na nararamdaman ng ating kapulisan sa ground ang mga policemen on the ground kung bakit nagkakaroon ng ganito?” he mentioned in an interview on DZBB radio.
He cited info indicating some police models have a tendency to conduct anti-drug operations, to the purpose of organising innocents, as a result of they’re threatened with aid from their posts if they don’t report anti-drug “achievements.”
In some circumstances, he mentioned policemen might change into “overenthusiastic” or “overeager” in conducting operations, to the purpose of executing harmless individuals and planting proof.
Worse, he mentioned some policemen are assuming they will do that due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s feedback he’ll assist them.
“Napakalaking setback nito at ang mahirap nito ang totoong malaking drug pushers sasamantalahin nila dahil sa spot na naman ang PNP baka mag-lie low, sila na naman ang mamamayagpag. Yan ang delikado,” he mentioned.
Lacson mentioned his Senate committee on public order and harmful medication could examine the latest killings.