Tuesday July 17, 2018

Cop who exposed PNP-sponsored drug killings to be summoned at Senate probe

SENATOR Panfilo Lacson asked Monday the Philippine National Police (PNP) to produce in the next hearing a rookie cop who earlier admitted killing several people to carry out extrajudicial killings of individuals believed to be involved in the proliferation of drugs in Catanduanes province.

Lacson was referring to Police Officer 1 Vincent Tacorda who earlier issued an affidavit dated May 10, 2017, exposing anomalies and illegal activities of the PNP, including the killing of drug suspects.

Tacorda in his affidavit said he cannot anymore stomach the merciless killings being done by people from the PNP.

He had submitted an irrevocable resignation but later on withdrew it and recanted his statement against the PNP after a "serious soul searching."

Tacorda was said to have declined the invitation of Lacson's committee on public order to appear before it to clarify his affidavit. Lacson ordered the PNP to produce Tacorda at the next hearing on October 10.

Tacorda in his earlier testimony said that he has in his possession voice and text records of conversations with the provincial police director and intelligence operatives who conducted surveillance, watched and pointed the target individuals allegedly linked to illegal drug operations.

Tacorda admitted that he was ordered by a certain PD Martirez and a certain PO1 Bagay to personally deliver an accomplishment of five to 10 deaths of drug personalities; otherwise, he will be relieved from his post.

Tacorda said he was assigned as a shooter and he was given P800 allowance for food and lodging, a photo of the target and a cardboard saying "pusher ako, huwag tularan… Bicol vigilante."

It was Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who requested the Lacson's committee to invite Tacorda to shed light on the issue amid the ongoing hearing on extrajudicial killings.

Lacson asked the PNP to produce Tacorda saying the testimony of Tacorda in the ongoing hearing into the extrajudicial killings will help the Senate in its aid of legislation to come out with the proper law that will protect innocent people from committing crimes.

Directorate for Personnel Records Management (DPRM) director Rene Aspera said Tacorda is now assigned at the Pandan Municipal Police Station in Catanduanes.

PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa confirmed Tacorda remain in active service but he is facing charges in relation to the killing of a journalist who bared the raid of a shabu laboratory in Catanduanes. (SunStar Philippines)