The unrelenting war on drugs by the administration has resulted to several deaths last week, it turned into its bloodiest.
Drug operations by the police authorities in Bulacan and Manila alone led to around eighty (80) deaths of these so called drug suspects- all killed in the police operations. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte even lauded the series of anti-drug operations Bulacan. The president said that the police authorities should kill more drug pushers to further reduce the problems plaguing the country.
"Yung namatay daw sa Bulacan kanina, 32 in a massive raid. Maganda yun (That’s good),”. “Pumatay tayo (Let’s kill) another 32 everyday, maybe we can reduce what ails this country," said by the president during the 19th anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in Malacañan last week.
The situation was put more into the spotlight when last week a 17-year old senior high school student in Caloocan City.
Kian Lloyd delos Santos a senior high school student reportedly tried to run away and then shot it out with police officers from Police Community Precinct 7 along Block 7 Riverside in Barangay Baesa at around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to city police chief Senior Superintendent Chito Bersaluna.
.45 caliber pistol and two sachets of shabu were recovered from Delos Santos, said Bersaluna.
Senate condemns the killing
Members of the Senate majority block allies of the President signed a resolution condemning the killing of Kian Delos Santos in Caloocan by the city police anti-drug campaign.
The 17 senators over the weekend signed the resolution wrote that they also wanted to direct the appropriate Senate committee to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation and determine the accountability of the Philippine National Police in the conduct of its campaign against illegal drugs. They said that the crackdown against illegal drugs may have resulted in “unnecessary and unjustified deaths and/or killings.”
“Now therefore, be it resolved, as it is hereby resolved by the Senate, to express its condemnation against the recent spate of abuses by the police resulting in excessive and unnecessary deaths in the conduct of the campaign against illegal drugs,” the resolution read.
“And to direct the appropriate senate committee to inquire and review the conduct of anti-drug operations by the PNP as well as capacitating the PNP as an institution to hold erring officials within their ranks liable for commission of any crime or offense,” it added.
The CCTV footage of the death of Delos Santos contradicts what the police claims that there was a shout with them.
The 17 senators who signed the resolution is led by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, and Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.
The other senators who signed the resolution are as follows:
- Sen. Sonny Angara
- Sen. Nancy Binay
- Sen. JV Ejercito
- Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero
- Sen. Win Gatchalian
- Sen. Richard Gordon
- Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan
- Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson
- Sen. Loren Legarda
- Sen. Manny Pacquiao
- Sen. Grace Poe
- Sen. Joel Villanueva
- Sen. Cynthia Villar
- Sen. Miguel Zubiri