High body count of drug suspects prompts Baguilat to call a probe

Some 23 drug suspects have been killed by cops since President Rodrigo Duterte took over the reins of the country last June 30, and this bothers Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat.

As such, Baguilat filed House Resolution (HR) 61 which calls for an investigation on the “spate of extrajudicial killings and/or summary executions of suspected violators of laws on illegal drugs and other suspected criminals”.

The politiko said that the House probe will be done in aid of legislation.

Baguilat further noted in his resolution that some 25 drug suspects were also slain by law enforcers between June 16 and 20, or just before the “Digong” assumed the Palace seat.

Baguilat reckoned that these incidents “demonstrate a shocking increase in police-perpetrated killings” in the new administration.

The solon also learned that police officers killed another 68 drug suspects from January 1 to June 15.

“It behooves Congress…to scrutinize the circumstances behind the aforementioned killings, with a view to ensuring that the people’s rights and lives are protected, especially by law enforcers,” the congressman said.

The tough-talking Duterte won the May 9 presidential race via landslide after weeks of promising heavy-handed measures against criminals, especially drug peddlers./politics.com.ph


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