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Loren to Bato: We support PNP’s war on drugs, not police killing innocents

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The police must show restraint in conducting anti-drug operations in order to safeguard innocent Filipinos, especially children, who are treated as “collateral damage” in the war against drugs.

Sen. Loren Legarda made the appeal amid the public outcry generated by the killing last month of three male teenagers during alleged drug operations by Caloocan police.

“There should be thorough investigation on the deaths caused by police. Many of our cops are good people, but the few police scalawags stain the integrity of the entire organization,” she said.

During the Senate hearing on the 2018 proposed budget of the Phil. National Police (PNP) Legarda said the PNP “needs to do something with those cops among its ranks who have the tendency to abuse their power.”

“We support the war against illegal drugs. But the police must uphold its sworn duty to serve and protect our people and our country,” Legarda, chair of the Senate Commttee on Finance, said.

PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has assured Legarda that he already resolved these issues, such as the relief order of the entire Caloocan City police, which has recently been alleged of various cases of police abuse. They will undergo a 45-day retraining and reorientation program.