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Manila – News arise that there are police officers who want to speak out about “extrajudicial killings and summary executions” in President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign have been offered legal help and of refuge by the Catholic Church.
The human rights groups have accused the president of instigating crime against humanity as the crackdown of illegal drugs in the country claimed thousands of lives.
On Monday, the Catholic Church, being the lead critic of the president’s drug war announces its offer to the policemen as another effort to stop the killings.
In a pastoral letter, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said that unnamed “law enforcers” with troubled conscience over the killings approached the Church.
“They have expressed their desire to come out in the open about their participation in extrajudicial killings and summary executions,” Villegas said without naming the officers.
“Within the bounds of Church and civil laws, we express our willingness to grant them accommodation, shelter and protection,” he said, adding that support for independent lawyers will be provided as well.
“If such law-enforcers wish to testify, then the Catholic Church will see to it that they are in no way induced to speak, to disclose nor to make allegations by any member of the clergy or the hierarchy.”
Meanwhile, when asked about his reaction, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa on Tuesday challenged the law enforcers who seek support from the Church to produce evidence to back-up their claims.
“Ano basis nila d’yan? Sana naman huwag nila gawing fishing expedition. Kung totoo man i-present nila sa Senado, walang problema. Kunan nila ng affidavit present sa Senado,(What’s their basis? I hope they won’t make it a fishing expedition. If the claim is true, they present it to the Senate, there’s no problem with that. They can have their affidavit prepared and present it to the Senate” Dela Rosa said.
Source (s): Sunstar