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Wala kayong kawala! De Lima seeks probe on the report that policemen use hospitals to conceal EJKs

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Detained Sen. Leila de Lima will not get tired of exposing the alleged involvement of policemen in the unabated extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of suspected drug personalities.

This time, she wants an investigation into the Reuters Special Report, “Dead on Arrival,” which exposed the alleged practices of certain police officers in using “hospitals to conceal incidents of extrajudicial killings.”

De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 421 urging the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, to conduct an inquiry on the matter.

Reuters concluded that “police were sending corpses to hospitals to destroy evidence at crime scenes and hide the fact that they were executing drug suspects.”

In a television interview, PNP chief Gen. Ronald dela Rosa justified the action of police officers in sending the gunned drug suspects to the hospital: they are not medically qualified to determine whether a victim was “dead or alive.”

But, the same report stated that “witnesses recounted the inhumane done to the victims, i.e., throwing them at the back of flatbed trucks, showing no urgency in getting them medical treatment.”

“It is imperative to investigate these allegations against certain members of the PNP to determine the veracity thereof, towards the end of ensuring that lapses or willfully malicious acts, which enable and perpetuate the commission of abuses and outright crimes during and after police operations, are addressed and prevented from being committed with impunity,” De Lima said.

She raised the need to formulate “tighter mechanisms of accountability of police officers” and “institute corrective legislative measures to improve the system of crime detection and investigation.”

De Lima, a critic of the government’s war on drugs, is detained at the PNP Custodial Center on drug charges.