Senator Leila de Lima said on Monday that she has witnesses who could testify against policemen who are allegedly behind the summary executions o suspected drug dealers so they could cover up their involvement in the drug trade.
De Lima in her open letter, asked President Rodrigo Duterte “to follow the inquiry” of the Senate committee on justice and human rights which would detail her allegations against certain officials of the Philippine National Police.
“There is an indication that not all drug suspects are really related to, but that they just coincided with, the campaign against drugs,” she said.
“There are deaths that are being done by corrupt officials and their cohorts to cover up their heinous participation in the drug trade. They are not pushing forward, and are instead diverting, the direction of the fight against drugs and sabotaging the good intentions of the campaign,” she added.
De Lima said that one of her theories is that these officers kill the suspects to cover their own involvement in the illegal drug trade. She calls this ‘a very strong theory’.
She said her committee had already started sending summons to resource persons for the inquiry, among them PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.
“I really want them to listen to our witnesses, if they have not investigated these cases,” De Lima said.
De Lima has so far scheduled hearings for Aug. 22 and 23, but expects that more hearing dates would be needed. MJM