• PNP won’t probe claims vs ‘death squad’ police

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    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will not investigate what it described as ‘hearsay’ allegations that some policemen are members of the so-called Davao Death Squads (DDS), according to a police spokesman.

    Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos, in a news briefing in Camp Crame in Quezon City on Thursday, said the PNP has no specific instant action on the allegations.

    The PNP spokesman noted that names of alleged DDS members that were revealed by embattled Sen. Leila de Lima in her recent privilege speech were only based on the testimony of Edgar Matobato, who identified them in an unsigned affidavit.

    “That is because it is hearsay and the allegations were contained in] an unsigned affidavit where the names were mentioned… so our action… is just to be ready,” Carlos said in the news briefing.

    The PNP spokesman added that he will request an update if the alleged DDS members are still in active police service.

    “That’s why I have requested an update or status of the persons of the names given, but we are like what you can say preparing… that’s why we are asking for the status of the names,” Carlos said.

    ANTHONY VARGAS

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