PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa said Friday that he is ready to attend the hearings of the Senate committees on justice and human rights and public order and dangerous drugs in relation to the extrajudicial killings.
Dela Rosa maintained that he is not in favor of summary executions believed to be carried out by vigilante groups.
"Sinisiguro natin na sinusunod nila ang utos ko dahil ayaw ko talaga ng extrajudicial killings, ayaw ko ng vigilantism, ayaw ko ng summary killings. Gusto ko legitimate police operations ang mangyayari, hindi 'yung mga ganyan," he said.
Dela Rosa said these vigilante groups are putting justice in their own hands due to loss of trust in the country's justice system.
"Isa pa, mga sindikato mismo. Sila na mismo nagpapatayan na dahil marami hindi nakapagremit ng pera dahil gipit sila. Hirap sila sa kanilang negosyo. Nagka-onsehan na. 'Di na nagreremit ng bayad kaya pinapapatay," the PNP chief said.
In its report, the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management said since July 1 this year, 525 alleged drug suspects were killed in police operations while at least 7,600 suspects were arrested through anti-illegal drugs operations.
The PNP has strengthened its fights against illegal drugs in accordance to the priority of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration.
The Senate is set to conduct a inquiry on the spate of alleged extrajudicial killing of drug suspects on August 22 and 23.
Duterte also ordered the National Police Commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government to conduct their own investigation. (Sunnex)