DOJ to submit to Duterte report on 52 killings in drug war operations

Published August 30, 2021, 5:07 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will submit to President Duterte this week its report on the review conducted on 52 cases of killings that occurred during anti-illegal drugs operations.

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Monday, Aug. 30, said the DOJ has already finished conducting a review of the cases that were submitted by the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS).

“We are submitting a report to the President this week regarding the findings of the DOJ on the 52 cases of drug deaths turned over to us by the PNP. The report will include our recommendations,” Guevarra said.

The PNP-IAS has investigated around 6,000 anti-illegal drugs operations with killings that took place since 2016.

Among these, the PNP-IAS submitted to the DOJ last June the records of 52 cases after finding administrative liability among the policemen involved.

Aside from the PNP, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also submitted to the DOJ last June 107 cases of killings that happened during its operations.

As part of its commitment before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a DOJ-led review panel has been reviewing since 2020 killings that occurred during anti-illegal drugs operations that have taken place since 2016.