By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed hope Wednesday that the Philippine National Police (PNP) would “give more time” to investigate “the truth” behind several killings that happened over the past weeks in the northern part of Metro Manila.
David expressed concerns over the killing of three alleged drug personalities in a firefight with cops in Navotas City on Wednesday morning; the death of an alleged robber in a police operation in Caloocan on Tuesday; and the killing of a man, also in Navotas on Monday.
One of the fatalities was a brother of a man who was accosted by barangay officers in 2017 and later found dead in Navotas, the prelate said.
David also cited the three men, including a police officer, who were shot dead by still unidentified assailants in Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas last week.
On his Facebook page, David said that he wishes that the PNP “could give more time and efforts at investigating the truth behind these killings.”
He added that the police should do this “rather than giving credence to the lies now being peddled by a certain Peter Advincula.”
The prelate is known as a vocal critic of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and for helping families of victims of alleged extrajudicial killings in Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas.
David was once accused by the President for being involved in illegal drug activity. He was also threatened that he would get killed if his involvement were proven true.
In February, David bared that he has been receiving death threats from anonymous persons.