The national police (PNP) assured it is taking an active role in the review of the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
This, after President Rodrigo Duterte told the UN General Assembly that he had instructed the PNP, as well as the Department of Justice (DOJ), to review the conduct of the campaign against narcotics.
The President also said that those found to have acted beyond bounds shall be made accountable before the law.
According to PGen. Guillermo Eleazar, the PNP has done a lot in terms of strengthening transparency and accountability in the institution.
Stating the immediate actions on erring personnel, the distribution of body-worn cameras and the strong coordination with the DOJ for the review of cases relating to the campaign against illegal drugs prove that the PNP is not hiding anything and that there is no reason for them to do so.
Eleazar said that they also made sure that all the police operations, even those not related to illegal drugs campaign, that resulted in the deaths or injuries of both the target of the operations and the police personnel are always reviewed by the Internal Affairs Service.
In this way, he said that the PNP will make sure that all personnel are following the Police Operational Procedures.
As part of the protocol, Eleazar said that the PNP will submit to the decision of the Chief Executive pertaining to the release of the documents on police operations on illegal drugs.
“As a law-enforcement agency under the Executive branch of the government, we are bound by time-honored protocols and these must be followed under the concept of chain of command—with the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government as our immediate supervisor and finally the President as our Commander-in-Chief,” Eleazar said.