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Smells like cover up: Dick says lack of report on drug killings mean unsolved cases

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THE refusal of the Phil. National Police (PNP) to submit its investigation report on the alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of drug suspects during operations would only mean that they “cannot solve” them.

Sen. Richard Gordon made the remark on Saturday after Solicitor General Jose Calida asked the Supreme Court to recall its order for the PNP to submit its investigation report on the death of drug personalities during “Oplan Tokhang” due to national security concerns.

“Kung tumatanggi ka magbigay ng information meron kang tinatago at di maganda ‘yun. Baka tinatago nila kasi hindi nila masolve ang kaso,” Gordon said in a radio interview.

Asked whether Calida can invoke national security in refusing to submit the report, Gordon said, “No, national security cannot be held as a reason to withhold the information to Supreme Court.”

“Hindi p’wedeng gawin sa Supreme Court ‘yan basta may jurisdiction ang Supreme Court. Halimbawa, hindi exempted ang executive from judicial review,” he said.

“Ang Supreme Court maaaring mag conduct ng judicial review kahit pa sa ehekutibo kaya hindi p’wedeng sabihin na national security ‘yan. Kailangan magpaliwanag sila sa Supreme Court at kundi mako-contempt sila at p’wede sila ipahuli ng Supreme Court,” he added.