Lacson eyes creation of task group to probe vigilante-style killings

MANILA-- Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson on Monday suggested the creation of a group to address vigilante-style killings linked to the anti-illegal drug operations under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

This comes after President Duterte himself vowed to address the problem of extrajudicial killings in his speech during the recent BelenismosaTarlac 2016 Awards in Tarlac City.

President Duterte also reiterated that he did not allow extrajudicial killings, describing it as a "dirty job" and discounting it as the work of police officers.

"I would suggest that a special task group be created to address vigilante type killings happening especially those related to the drug war," Lacson told reporters in an interview.

"He said that he will do something about it because there are many making (negative) comments about it already," he added.

Lacson said that group should be a composite team of members of both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

"There should be intelligence personnel and investigators so that they can get to the bottom of why there has been an increase in vigilante-style killings," Lacson said.

The senator, who was former PNP chief, also pointed out that the increase in vigilante-style killings does not speak well for the peace and order efforts of the PNP.

At present, reports show that around 5,000 people have been killed since the crackdown of illegal drug operations took place in the start of July.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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