Senator Leila De Lima, Human Rights chairperson, headed the Senate hearing regarding the increasing number of extra-judicial killings which begun August 22, Monday.
During the first hearing, witnesses revealed that victims of killings were low profile drug pushers which allegedly killed by law enforcers involved in illegal drug trades.
De Lima stated that the rising numbers of death are alarming, the Secretary of Justice turned Senator has stressed out that she wants the extra-judicial killings to stop and wants to prove the mind behind the murders.
However, PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has responded that the PNP does not tolerate extrajudicial and vigilante killings, The Director General expressed that the members of the PNP has nothing to hide and will continue their campaign against illegal drugs.
Despite the number of complaints, the PNP Chief assert his determination to fight crime all over the country, and Dela Rosa also added that part of their campaign is to increase police visibility which would lessen criminals, fear of crime and violence felt by the Filipinos.
On The second day of the extra-judicial killings, Senate hearing allowed Senator Franklin Drilon to raise some question regarding the number of deaths for the past 24 hours.
“Sa kabuuan po 1779 ang namatay kahapon, ngayon po 1916, ang ibig po bang sabihin sa nakalipas na 24 hours, 137 ang namatay?,” Drilon asked.
PNP Chief Dela Rosa then answered, “Mas maalarm po kayo your honor, kung pinababa po namin yung patay kahapon ngayon buhay or baliktad po, yung buhay po kahapon ngayon namatay. So nadagdagan po because of aggressive police operations.”
Dela Rosa then added that while he was presenting, more died due to drug-related killings and even told the Senate that the presentation is incomplete.
Furthermore, Senator Drilon which apparently looking not very happy and sarcastically says De Lima should stop conducting hearings because the number of death might continue to rise.
On the other hand, Some senator expressed their support including Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Sen. Migs Zubiri, and Sen. Joel Villanueva to PNP regarding their efforts on their campaign against illegal drugs.