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In the name of drugs: De Lima seeks Senate probe on abuses of Bicolano cops

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Senator Leila de Lima wants the Senate to investigate a cop’s claim that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been using the war on drugs to commit abuses.

In Senate Resolution 358, De Lima asked the appropriate Senate panel to look into the revelation of PO1 Vincent Tacorda that he was forced to resign because he could no longer stand his superiors’ demands with regard to the drug war.

“There is a need for the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police to determine the culpability of the police officers involved in the reported irregularities,” she said.

“Given the appalling numbers of extrajudicial killings and summary executions under this administration, it is imperative to check if there are abuses and excesses in the exercise of authority of law enforcement units, and to ensure that due process and rule of law are always upheld,” the senator added.

Tacorda earlier accused former Catanduanes Police Chief Supt. Jesus Martinez and former Viga Officer-in-Charge Senior Inspector Nathaniel Jacob of ordering him to kill a suspected drug pusher in Catanduanes.

Prior to this, the former policeman claimed his superiors previously told him to plant evidence during the arrest of certain individuals.

He also alleged that when a certain Manuel “Galog” Huit Jr. was arrested, the seized shabu worth more than PhP 1 million was replaced with “tawas” upon turn-over of evidence to police authorities.

“Such irregularities, if proven correct, violate the very core of good governance in the Constitution, as Article II, Section 27 provides that the state shall maintain honesty, and integrity in the public service,” De Lima said.