PNP asks VP Robredo to clarify statement on drug war

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) urged Vice President Leni Robredo to clarify her statements on the police operations against illegal drugs because some of Robredo’s allegations come out as being linked to Oplan Tokhang.

"Kung this is a new allegation, let us be more specific," he said. "Saan nangyari? Sino itong mga ito? Kasi lalabas na ina-attach natin sa Oplan Tokhang,” PNP Spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said on March 15, 2017 (Wednesday) during a press briefing as a reply to Robredo’s allegation of a “palit-ulo” scheme happening in police operations.

Robredo explained in her YouTube video message for the 60th United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs the “palit-ulo” scheme “which literally means "exchange heads," where the wife or husband or relative of a person in a so-called drug list will be taken if the person himself could not be found.”

This issue surfaced during the time when President Rodrigo Duterte launched a revamped drug war campaign which promises to be “less bloody” after Oplan Tokhang PNP data showed that 2,500 drug suspects died while 53,000 were arrested and 1.2 million surrendered in six months.

Robredo also previously said that "we are now looking at some very grim statistics. Since July last year, more than 7,000 people have been killed in summary executions.”

The PNP cried foul over Robredo’s statements saying that these summary executions she mentioned are not all drug-related and she has generalized the data to the police operations against illegal drugs.

"'Yun lang request namin na huwag i-generalize na ito," Carlos said. "When can we say that it's being practiced by all? What is the right number? Bago natin sabihin na ito ay sanctioned ng gobyerno, let's be more specific sana doon."

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PNP data shows that there are 4,300 mysterious deaths reported nationwide, however, only 1,200 of these are drug-related.

"Patuloy po nating aalamin ang estado ng ibang kaso na dapat ay patuloy na iniimbestigahan, so hindi ho yung 'di pa tapos ang pag-iimbestiga, nagkakaroon na tayo ng tag na ito ay extrajudicial killings," Carlos added.

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Source: CNN Philippines

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