PNP urges Reuters' police sources to 'man up'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) challenges two senior police officials to "man up" after they anonymously disclosed to Reuters alleged wrongdoings of the police under the government's drug war.

In a Reuters report, two officers alleged that policemen "received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on vigilantes."

Reuters described their police sources as a retired police intelligence officer and an active-duty commander.

The report added their two sources "claimed the killings are in fact orchestrated by the police, including most of those carried out by vigilantes."

PNP Spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said the two officers should not hide their identities if they know of any wrongdoings in the service.

"Sana nga ho they man up, hindi 'yung magtago sa likod ng white cloth (Hopefully, they man up and not hide behind the white cloth). They are former and current members of the org, there's an established procedure, there's a grievance committee, sana inavail nila ito (they should have availed of it)…it's an indication of their current mindset," Carlos said.

He disclosed a body is now investigating the identity of the two senior police officers and their allegations.

He added the PNP leadership wants to know truth, and the two anonymous officers should be held liable if they are involved in the illegal conduct of the drug war.

"The leadership would like to know the background of these allegations, these personalities, at tututukan 'yan at mabigat na aksusasyon at hindi ginagawa ng PNP at ng liderato yan (and monitor them as these are serious accusations, acts that the PNP and its leadership do not do)," Carlos said.

"They're alleging that this is happening and they're saying they were part of this at kung makita natin yung totoo base sa evidence, magfa-file tayo ng appropriate cases for violating the law (if they can prove it with evidence, we will file the appropriate cases)," he added.

The PNP spokesman said the issues raised in the Reuters report are just rehashed statements that have already been answered in the past. This time, they are interested to know the motives of the police sources.