Detained Sen. Leila de Lima won’t get bored with exposing the alleged involvement of policemen in the unabated extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of suspected drug personalities.
This time, she needs an investigation into the Reuters Special Report, “Dead on Arrival,” which uncovered the alleged practices of sure police officers in utilizing “hospitals to conceal incidents of extrajudicial killings.”
De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 421 urging the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, to conduct an inquiry on the matter.
Reuters concluded that “police were sending corpses to hospitals to destroy evidence at crime scenes and hide the fact that they were executing drug suspects.”
In a tv interview, PNP chief Gen. Ronald dela Rosa justified the motion of police officers in sending the gunned drug suspects to the hospital: they don’t seem to be medically certified to decide whether or not a sufferer was “dead or alive.”
But, the similar report said that “witnesses recounted the inhumane done to the victims, i.e., throwing them at the back of flatbed trucks, showing no urgency in getting them medical treatment.”
“It is imperative to investigate these allegations against certain members of the PNP to determine the veracity thereof, towards the end of ensuring that lapses or willfully malicious acts, which enable and perpetuate the commission of abuses and outright crimes during and after police operations, are addressed and prevented from being committed with impunity,” De Lima stated.
She raised the want to formulate “tighter mechanisms of accountability of police officers” and “institute corrective legislative measures to improve the system of crime detection and investigation.”
De Lima, a critic of the authorities’s warfare on medicine, is detained at the PNP Custodial Center on drug charges.