PNP: Still no leads in 'summary killings' probe

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Senior Supt. Fausto Manzanilla says the PNP has yet to solve any case of alleged summary killing since the beginning of the Duterte administration.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is still investigating cases of alleged summary killings under the new administration.

But Senior Supt. Fausto Manzanilla, Executive Officer of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, said on Thursday it might take time until the data on the killings are released.

CNN Philippines Research data show there are over 200 reported killings with unknown assailants in the country since June 30 up to August 7 this year.

Manzanilla said probing such killings is challenging as each case is being  thoroughly investigated.

But he pointed out difficulties in pursuing these cases as in most cases, there are no complainants nor witnesses willing to come forward.

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The group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) raised concern about the rising number of alleged summary or extrajudicial killings.

VACC Spokesman Boy Evangelista said what worries him more is that it seems like policemen are not doing enough to resolve these cases.

"Though we appreciate yung (the) initiatives ng mga pulis sa (of the police in) crime prevention, eradication ng illegal drugs, pero bakit tila kaya itong extrajudicial ay napapabayaan (but why does it seem as if the alleged extra-judicial killings are being overlooked)?" said Evangelista.

Evangelista said police should at least have clear leads on certain groups that are possibly taking justice into their own hands.

He said people's frustration with the country's criminal justice system may be pushing vigilante groups to kill suspected criminals.

Evangelista added it is also possible policemen involved in illegal activities are the ones killing and silencing their assets.

"Walang na-identify na grupo, walang profiling kung sino ba itong mga death squads na ito, sino ba itong gumagawa ng extrajudicials lalo na yung nakikita natin sa balita na naka-packing tape, talagang mababahala ka," said Evangelista.

[Translation: There are no identified groups, no profiling as to who these death squads are, who are these people doing the extrajudicial killings-- especially victims wrapped in tape. It's really alarming.]

The VACC said it is supportive of the government's campaign against illegal drugs but the group hopes the PNP will take action to prevent the spate of killings.

After all, the increase killings is a reflection of the state of peace and order situation in the country, the VACC said.

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