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Eleazar says police obeying Duterte’s order to ‘do what’s right’

Eleazar says police obeying Duterte’s order to ‘do what’s right’

6/15/2021 1:29:00 PM

Eleazar says police obeying Duterte’s order to ‘do what’s right’

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, denied the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s...

June 15, 2021PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, denied the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s findings and stressed that they have obeyed President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to “do what is right and legal” during operations.

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Eleazar also recalled that the President has also directed the police to protect themselves if they find themselves in danger.“’Yung tungkol naman sa inaakusahan ang ating pulis wala pong katotohanan yan. Laging nililinaw ng ating Pangulo, laging sinasabi niya, gawin ‘yung tama pero sinasabi rin niya na proteksyunan ang sarili. ‘Wag naman tayo papayag na pagdating doon, na nasa panganib ang buhay mo eh ikaw pa ang unang mamamatay,” Eleazar said during a joint press conference with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. at Camp Crame.

“In fact during my assumption klaro lang ang marching order nya sa akin, do what is right and what is legal, at doon sa mga meetings na in-attend-an ko, do’n nage-evolve ang mga sinasabi niya,” Eleazar added.He also pointed out that while Duterte has repeatedly expressed support for the police and military, he has also made it clear that he will not tolerate any wrongdoing. headtopics.com

Eleazar said the police remain open to the review being undertaken by the panel led by the Department of Justice (DOJ).Eleazar said they have turned over to the Department of Justice (DOJ) 53 case files of incidents where the policemen involved were found by the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to have committed lapses.

He said they were ready to forward to the DOJ more case folders once they have concluded their investigation and the cases have been resolved by the IAS.“Kami naman wala naman kaming tinatago sa mga dokumento na yan kaya ipapakita po namin sa DOJ but outside DOJ nasa chain of command tayo kaya we will seek guidance through the SILG (Secretary of Interior and Local Government),” said Eleazar.

Outgoing ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, in a statement on June 14, said her office has found basis to open an investigation into the drug war killings in the Philippines.She said that the information they gathered or were submitted to them during the preliminary examination “indicates that members of the Philippine National Police, and others acting in concert with them, have unlawfully killed between several thousand and tens of thousands of civilians” from July 1, 2016 to March 16, 2019.

The government’s war on drugs began on July 1, 2016, when Duterte assumed office, while Philippines’ withdrawal of its membership in the Rome Statute that established the ICC took effect in March 2019.Government critics and rights groups have alleged that the drug war killings were sanctioned by the state, particularly by the President. headtopics.com

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In his Monday’s public address, June 14, 2021, Duterte reiterated his stern warning to those involved in illegal drugs activities.He also maintained that those who died in illegal drugs operations fought back when confronted by the police."You would notice that there are really persons who die almost daily because they fought back," said Duterte.

"Do not destroy the country. I will kill you," he added. Read more: SunStar Philippines »

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