- Drug syndicates, not vigilante groups are behind extrajudicial killings, says PNP Chief Ronald De la Rosa
- De la Rosa said the PNP has data and scientific evidence to support the claim
- The PNP has identified the drug syndicates responsible for the killings
Drug syndicates and not vigilante groups are responsible for the spate of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects during the past months, claimed Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald De la Rosa.
De la Rosa said the PNP has data and scientific evidence to support the claim.
Asked if the PNP has conducted probes on the alleged cases of extrajudicial killings in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, De la Rosa replied: “Meron po” (We do).
“You’ll be surprised that the killings were not carried out by vigilante groups, but by drug dealers themselves,” he said during a press conference on Tuesday, August 16.
“As it turns out, the suspected vigilante killings were actually carried out by syndicates involved in drugs,” he revealed, adding the PNP has identified the syndicates behind the summary killings.
“We learned that because we have scientific evidence leading to that conclusion. Malalaman niyo ‘yan later [You will know that later],” the Philippine Canadian Inquirer quoted Dela Rosa as saying.
“Mga grupo sa droga, magugulat na lang kayo kapag may inilabas kami na data, facts kung sino-sino nagpapatayan (There are drug groups, you will be surprised once we release the data and facts on who are killing each other),” the PNP chief said.
As quoted by Gulf News, Senator Panfilo Lacson, who was once a PNP chief himself, said at least 12 drug suspects are killed every day since the Duterte administration started its campaign against illegal drugs over a month ago.
The Senate found the summary killings alarming that it scheduled a hearing into the matter.