Sol Gen backs police on Senate probe

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SOLICITOR General Jose Calida on Monday said the government will not allow anybody to derail the Philippine National Police’s effort to implement the order of President Duterte to stop the drug trafficking and other drug-related activities in the country.

Calida made the retort after Sen. Leila de Lima filed a resolution seeking an inquiry into the spate of killings of drug suspects since the Duterte administration assumed office.

At the same time, the tough-talking government lawyer also told the police not to be afraid of the looming inquiries being hatched by the lady senator.

“I am here to encourage the PNP not to be afraid of any congressional or Senate investigations. We will defend them,” stressed Calida as he addressed policemen during a press conference at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame Monday morning.

“If there is a fiscalizer, I am the neutralizer and the defender of the PNP. So ‘wag kayong matakot, mga pulis and other operatives,” said Calida.

“Marami na po tayong batas. There is no need for investigation in aid of legislation kuno,” added Calida.

De Lima filed a Senate resolution on Thursday seeking a congressional probe on the killings of drug suspects that could lead to the institutionalization of operational procedures of the PNP, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and other law enforcement agencies.

“Halos araw-araw may mga namamatay and many of them are an offshoot of police operations so we have to look into the legitimacy of the manner of the method by which these police enforcers are doing their job,” said De Lima.

The SolGen also took exception to mention what he called De Lima’s failure to curve the drug menace when she was the Secretary of Justice, adding that the problem even became more widespread “even at her own turf, at the National Penitentiary.”

“If she truly is sincere to stop this drug menace, let us ask her. What did she do as justice secretary in charge of the NBI, the prosecution service and the Correctional? Hindi po ito investigation in aid of legislation. To me I think it is investigation in aid of media mileage,” said Calida.

“It is difficult, and it is dangerous to the lives of our police officers to arrest these drug-crazed offenders. Hindi puwedeng pakiusap ito. They are also armed and even if they are not armed, because of their mental condition, they will do everything to kill the police officers,” added Calida.

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