Palace: Police probing alleged vigilante killings | Inquirer News

Palace: Police probing alleged vigilante killings

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 10:54 AM July 15, 2016
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST    Funeral parlor workers lift the body of one of the two drug suspects who were killed in an alleged shootout with police in Barangay Bonuan Tondaligan in Dagupan City on Monday. RAY B.ZAMBRANO/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST Funeral parlor workers lift the body of one of the two drug suspects who were killed in an alleged shootout with police in Barangay Bonuan Tondaligan in Dagupan City on Monday. RAY B.ZAMBRANO/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Amid the rise in the killings of drug suspects, Malacañang has vowed that the Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to investigate the alleged involvement of vigilantes in the anti-crime purge.

“The PNP continues to investigate situations involving vigilante killings and operational aspects where deaths are reported,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement on Thursday.

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Andanar said the government does not condone cases of extrajudicial killings and said law enforces abide by “police operational protocol.”

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“Government is against any form of extrajudicial killings. We do not condone these acts. The Government is here to save our people from the drug menace and punish the offenders, including the big-time ones,” he said.

Since the start of the Dueterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, Chief Superintendent Camilo Cascolan, chief directorate for operations of the PNP, said close to 60,000 drug dependents nationwide have surrendered to state forces.

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“We have to seize the momentum,” Andanar said.

“The voluntary surrender of thousands of self-confessed users and pushers reaffirms our people’s renewed faith and trust in authorities. In his resolute campaign against drugs, the President has even made it possible to unite the populace in combatting the illegal drug trade,” he added.

The Palace official said many communities in the country are now “relatively drug-free.”

“While the campaign against drugs is far from perfect, a generation of Filipinos has been saved from this scourge of society and destroyer of lives. Many communities are now relatively drug-free with record-high number of people giving up to authorities, choosing quieter and healthier lives,” he said.

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He said plans to build rehabilitation centers nationwide are being undertaken.

Police authorities are eyeing Subic and Clark to house drug-dependents, he added. IDL/rga

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