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PNP open to ICC probe

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar recently said the agency is open to the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s probe on alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. This, of course, would be if the ICC prosecutor requests for judicial authorization and gets it.


An official probe was formally authorized by the ICC into alleged crimes against humanity in the Philippines earlier this month.


“The issue about ICC, that is international affairs,” Eleazar told reporters in Tagalog, “and the DFA is there to answer issues about that.” He was quick to point out that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is leading the national government’s actions to answer the ICC’s allegations.


Actions of the PNP, he added, are governed by internal guidelines as well as rules and regulations. “We work on evidence. We are open for investigation.”


For now, the PNP is concentrating on their work. “We … see that justice in our country is operating. There are policemen who were charged, there are policemen who have been dismissed.”


Eleazar went on to ask: “Isn’t it so all of these things are under existing rules and regulations that PNP is abiding with its internal procedures?”


According to official figures, Duterte’s anti-drug campaign has had 7,000 casualties. Human rights groups are of the belief that the number is exponentially higher.


President Rodrigo Duterte had said prior that he’d never cooperate on any investigation with the ICC connected to the bloody war against drugs. The campaign took off almost instantly after he won the presidency back in 2016.

Photo: Philippine Star


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