OFFICIALS of the Philippine National Police (PNP) led by Director General Ronald de la Rosa will be grilled by the Senate committee on justice and human rights chaired by Senator Leila De Lima Monday on the rise of drug-related killings.
De la Rosa confirmed that he will be attending the proceedings.
“I would be very happy to face you on Monday your honor,” De la Rosa told de Lima Thursday when asked if he will be attending the Senate hearing.
The PNP chief agreed to attend the Senate inquiry despite Solicitor General Jose Calida’s statement that police officials can snub the Senate investigation.
Calida in July said the police may choose not to attend any congressional probe especially if the Office of the Solicitor General finds that the investigation is not really in aid of legislation.
‘’The Office of the Solicitor General will be the first line of defense. We will assess whether the investigation is really in aid of legislation. If it is not, then we will advise the PNP not to attend,” Calida said.
Aside from police officials, human rights officials are also expected to attend the Senate hearing scheduled on August 22 and 23.
De Lima, who filed the resolution calling for an inquiry, said the investigation will focus on the summary executions carried out by vigilante groups and those committed in the course of the anti-drug operations of the police.
The senator said the committee wants to determine if the killings done by the police were part of legitimate police operations.
De Lima said she fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and crime and she believes that by presenting the truth, the government can achieve genuine victory in the campaign against drugs and criminality.
“Above all else, we are one with President Duterte in wanting to reinforce our systems of laws to ensure the rule of law and respect for human rights at all times,” she added.
Those who have confirmed attendance to the inquiry are Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Isidro Lapeña, National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno and Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon.