By Jan Carlo Anolin
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief general Oscar Albayalde has debunked claims that the police are “not cooperating” with the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) in terms of the records, number of deaths, and probe of the country’s drug war.
“That’s what they say. We have our human rights office already [even] down to the provincial level that will coordinate directly with the CHR,” Albayalde said.
CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana said they have been asking for the PNP to give them records in relation to the government’s war on drugs.
“Give us the records. So far, they have not. They told us, ‘Yes, we will.’ but it’s not the records [that] we wanted. “Why don’t you share it with us?” Pimentel-Gana said.
She added that the records will come in handy for the independent body for them to come up with a “very credible” statement on the state of human rights in the country.
Albayalde said the feud between the PNP and CHR grew over the years, citing that the police were always blamed for “violating” human rights.
“They blame us of human rights violation that’s fictitious, that’s not real, [that’s not] really substantiated by records,” Albayalde said.
“We give information. “We’re not violating the confidentiality clause. As I’ve said, we also have security protocols in the PNP,” he added.
PNP’s records showed that there are at least 6,739 drug-related deaths during police operations out of the 248, 359 cases as of July 18, 2019.