Magdalo to PNP: Review your rules on engagement

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With the return of the Philippine National Police to the government’s drug war, Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano has asked the police force to “review and revise” its rules on engagement to prevent human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings.

“Now that the PNP’s return to the drug war is already official, I reiterate my call for PNP to review and revise its rules of engagement (ROE),” he said in a statement.

“Conduct of drug operations must be improved. It should be ensured that they are carried out according to the law and with respect to human rights. Lalong mahalaga na malinis na ang hanay ng PNP bago ito magbalik sa giyera kontra-droga,” the Magnificent 7 congressman said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered the PNP to provide “active support” to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the war on drugs, though PDEA was to remain the lead agency.

Alejano said a review of the PNP’s rules “will prove the sincerity of the administration in correcting its policy on combatting illegal drugs.”

“Kung ang mga ito ay hindi pa rin makokonsidera at mabibigyang aksyon ng PNP, wala tayong maaasahan kundi mas marami pang patayan sa lansangan at paglabag sa karapatang-pantao,” he said.