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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday (April 30) urged the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to prosecute rather than defend members of the Manila Police District (MPD) involved in the detention of a dozen drug personalities in a hidden cell inside a station in Tondo, Manila.

“I condemn this illegal, inhumane and outrageous action committed by some of our policemen,” he said.

Drilon said PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa and the rest of the leadership of the police force should pursue a more decisive stance against erring members and similar allegations of abuse, especially those behind the secret jail.

Contrary to Dela Rosa’s position, saying that the policemen concerned did nothing wrong, Drilon said the existence of hidden cell violates the Constitution itself as well as provisions of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 and the Revised Penal Code.

“There is no doubt about the illegality of this type of detention. This is even enshrined under Section 12 (2), Article III of the Constitution which explicitly prohibits ‘secret detention places’ solitary, incommunicado or other similar forms of detention,” he said.

The senator urged proper authorities to swiftly investigate the prosecute these erring police officers to put to an end what he noted as apparent impunity in the ongoing war on drugs.

“I am alarmed by this culture of impunity among our policemen among our policemen. Not a single police officer has been held criminally liable in the death of thousands of casualties of the campaign against drugs,” he said.

The wheels of justice, Drilon said, have been slow in prosecuting erring policemen such as Supt. Marvin Marcos who was tagged in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. as well as the policemen who were involved in the killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

“We must uphold the rule of law and serve justice on those responsible for the abuses,” Drilon stressed.