Extrajudicial killing not a government policy— Año
MANILA, Philippines — Extrajudicial killing is not a policy of the Duterte administration, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Thursday.
Año issued the statement after former senator Antonio Trillanes IV claimed that the death of four soldiers allegedly at the hands of police personnel was a result of “tolerating the EJKs the past four years.”
“Make no mistake, Duterte’s ‘nanlaban’ doctrine is the poison that destroyed the PNP as an institution,” Trillanes said.
The murder of the 4 Army men by the PNP yesterday is the latest price we have to pay for tolerating the EJKs the past 4 years.FEATURED STORIES
Make no mistake, duterte's "nanlaban" doctrine is the poison that destroyed the PNP as an institution.
— Sonny Trillanes IV (@TrillanesSonny) June 29, 2020
“EJK is not a policy of this government and on the Sulu incident, like I said, we will exact justice. And we will make sure that those responsible shall be accountable,” Año said in an online Palace briefing when sought for reaction on Trillanes’ remarks.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque added that the ongoing investigation on the incident is proof that the government is not tolerating this kind of killing.
“Hindi po natin alam yung sinasasabi niya dahil hindi po natin kinukunsinti ang patayan kaya nga po masinsinang imbestigasyon ang ginagawa natin dito sa naging pagpatay sa apat na sundalo mula sa hukbong sandatahan,” Roque said.
(We do not know what he is talking about because we do not tolerate killings such as this. This is the reason why we are investigating the incident where the four soldiers were killed.)
A misencounter between military and police Monday resulted in the death of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu.
The President has already ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to fast-track its probe on the incident.
President Rodrigo Duterte is also set to meet military and police commanders in Mindanao.
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