SENATE President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon reminded Tuesday the Philippine National Police of its constitutional mandate to enforce the laws, prevent crimes, and ensure public safety.
Drilon added that the killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo inside Camp Crame and the mounting number of unresolved deaths related to the war on drugs showed that the country is heading toward a serious law enforcement problem when the killings remain unabated and unresolved and a culture of impunity among law enforcers has become the new normal.
"If such crime could be committed inside the PNP’s very headquarters, then how can anyone feel safe anywhere?” he said.
“If policemen are always suspected of participating in gruesome crimes, then how can Filipinos trust them?” the senator added.
Drilon called on the government and the PNP to resolve the rampant killings immediately.
"That is the only way respect and trust to the institution will be restored," Drilon said.
According to Drilon, the killing of Jee, the murder of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa allegedly committed by members of the PNP, the so-called “tokhang for ransom”, and the “hulidap” “highlighted the weakness of the PNP to police its own ranks which undermines the administration’s campaign against drugs.”
“The killing of Ick-joo inside Camp Crame is one of the most horrific, alarming, and shameful episodes in PNP history,” he added. “There seems to be a leadership crisis in the PNP and a breakdown of command at some levels, if not at all levels.”
He said that became more apparent during the Senate’s investigation into the murder of Albuera Mayor Espinosa, as well as in the killing of Jee, where Dela Rosa was not informed of the whereabouts of one of the suspects in the killing, SPO1 Ricky Sta. Isabel.
“PNP Chief General Bato Dela Rosa must exercise leadership and regain full control and supervision of his men and women in the PNP,” Drilon stressed. (SunStar Philippines)