By Jeffrey Damicog
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) believes the death of Grade 11 student Kian Loyd delos Santos was not an isolated case during the conduct of the “Operation One Time Big Time” of the Philippine National Police (PNP) this month.
“While official investigation is said to be ongoing, serious misgivings have been voiced as to the legitimacy of the entire police operation. Kian’s case may not be isolated,” read a statement from IBP National President Abdiel Dan Eliijah Fajardo.
“Ninety-one (91) persons, more or less, were reported dead as a result of police operations dubbed as “Operation One Time Big Time” in the National Capital Region and in the provinces of Bulacan and Cavite,” cited Fajardo who noted the deaths took place between August 13 to 20.
Because of this, the IBP has asked the PNP to release information about the operation including pre-operation and spot reports.
Fajardo cited Article III, Section 7 of the 1987 Constitution which guarantees “the public’s untrammeled right to information.”
“We are desirous of a favorable response from the Philippine National Police which prides itself to be among the agencies that have enthusiastically taken the cudgels of transparency,” said Fajardo.
“The IBP has released formal requests in this regard, inasmuch as the national organization of lawyers remains committed to the protection of basic rights, because we stand by our moral obligation as advocates of justice, based on our solemn oath,” he added.
On the other hand, the IBP, through Fajardo, expressed support to the ongoing drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The fight against illegal substances is a legitimate State undertaking, as shown by the complement of laws and regulations that seek to address a growing menace,” he stated.
“However, describing State action as a ‘war’ has led to the mistaken collective sense that there must be actual physical casualty in its wake – whether direct or collateral,” he lamented.
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