Sen. Kiko Pangilinan believes the unabated killing of innocent civilians, especially minors, will go on unless President Rodrigo Duterte declares a “cessation” on his war on drugs.
“Tanging pag-anunsyo lamang ng Pangulo na itigil ang war on drugs ang siyang makatitigil sa patayan ng mga inosente at sa pang-aabuso at pagiging mamamatay tao ng mga tiwaling PNP.
Itigil ang Oplan Double Barrel,” Pangilinan said.
He also appealed to Philippine National Police chief Gen. Ronald dela Rosa to “act fast” and not just shed tears in addressing the killing of minors arising from the war on drugs.
Pangilinan condemned the killing of Reynaldo de Guzman, 14, who was found dead in Gapan, Nueva Ecija. He was the missing companion of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, who was killed during an alleged shootout with Caloocan City police on August 18.
The victims’ bodies bore telltale signs that they were tortured before they were killed. “Marami kaming mga magulang na nababahala sa paglaganap ng krimeng pagpatay. Umaksyon naman kayo,” Pangilinan said.
“Hindi luha ang sukatan ng malasakit sa kapwa o sa paggampan sa trabaho,” he said referring to Dela Rosa’s “crying episode” during the Senate probe on the killing of an alleged drug courier, Kian delos Santos, 17.
The PNP chief cried rather than answer directly Sen. Risa Hontiveros’ question on whether there was a government policy to “kill” drug suspects.
“Kay Police Chief Gen. Bato dela Rosa, hanapin niyo at papanagutin ang kumidnap, nagpahirap, at pumatay kay Reynaldo De Guzman. Gampanan niyo ang tungkulin niyo sa bayan: serve and protect,” Pangilinan said.