MANILA, Jan. 30, 2017 — After the police force stopped its “war on drugs”, a Catholic bishop urged the agency to make drastic efforts to end the summary executions and vigilante killings of suspected drug pushers in the country.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said it is the right thing for the Philippine National Police to do amid reports that some officers used the anti-drug campaign to mask their criminal activities.
“Knowing that they’ve stopped the war on drugs, it means they should stop the extrajudicial killings,” Pabillo said.
National police chief Ronald dela Rosa on Monday ordered a halt to anti-drug operations following the killing of a South Korean businessman by rogue officers.
In a press conference, Dela Rosa said they would focus first on “cleansing” their ranks of scalawags following the kidnapping, leading to the death by strangulation of Jee Ick-joo, on the grounds of the national police headquarters.
Pabillo also said he is hoping the government would “really push through” with it, adding the suspension would result in more former drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation.
“Many people didn’t want to come to the programs because of fear. Now, if the fear factor is out, we can work more on rehabilitating them,” said Pabillo.
More than 7,000 have been killed in a drug war since President Rodrigo Duterte took power last June 30. (CBCPNews)