CHR probes 14 EJK cases in NegOcc

BACOLOD City – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Negros Occidental is investigating 14 cases of alleged extra-judicial killing.

Romeo Baldevarona, CHR-Negros Occ. head, said most of the cases they are investigating involves “drug buy-bust operations of the police under its Oplan Tukhang which resulted in shoot-outs.”

“We will present our findings to the United Nations through the International Human Rights Watch,” Baldevarona said.

He added that the UN is investigating EJKs in the Philippines linked to the intensified anti- illegal drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, Baldevarona welcomed the suspension of PNP’s Oplan Tokhang to conduct cleansing of the police ranks.

He said that the suspension will lessen the cases of killings, especially those arising from police operations.

“It does not mean that the campaign against illegal drugs will stop as it can be carried out by other law enforcement agencies,” he said.

He cited the mandates of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Bureau of Investigation.

Last week, Duterte suspended the implementation of Oplan Tokhang because of alleged abuses and corruption cases involving police officers.

Baldevarona said the anti-drug campaign of the PNP needs “a framework.”

“The President may not have anticipated the result that led to lives lost in the police’ illegal drug campaign. All is not lost in the government’s anti-drug drive. It can be revived as long as it can be ensured that no innocent lives will be killed.”

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