PNP welcomes MOA with NBI for joint probe on drug war deaths

Published October 7, 2021, 10:50 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) vowed on Thursday, Oct. 7, to continue to cooperate with the investigation on drug war-related deaths as it welcomed the initiative of the Department of Justice in drafting a memorandum of agreement in the conduct of the joint investigation with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

“We welcome this development and we are confident that this agreement, once signed, would be of great help in ensuring a speedy and accurate resolution of cases that are currently reviewed and those which would be included later in the investigation,” said Eleazar.

“This is another milestone in our efforts to strengthen transparency and accountability in the police organization which are both important in our goal of upholding the integrity of the Philippine National Police,” he added.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the DOJ will help the PNP and the NBI in drafting the formal memorandum of agreement regarding the joint investigations.

Guevarra also said the Commission on Human Rights will be engaged in this matter as the need arises, especially when it comes to coordinating with the victims’ families and their witnesses.

Eleazar said the MOA would further strengthen the coordination and information-sharing between the PNP and the NBI in ferreting out the truth regarding the allegations of human rights violations in the conduct of illegal drugs operations.

The DOJ had reviewed a total of 52 drug-related killings from the drug war documents which were turned over by the PNP.

The agency recommended that further investigation and case build-up be done by both the PNP and the NBI to determine the possible criminal liability of around 153 police officers involved in the anti-illegal drugs operations.

Eleazar vowed that the police would extend all the necessary assistance in the NBI’s case build-up, especially the turnover of more documents and ensuring the cooperation of the involved cops.