Criminal Charges, Awaiting Police Officers Who ‘Do Not Follow Drug War Operations Protocol — DOJ

Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the police involved in government drug operations who did not comply with government protocols would be held accountable.

In its report to the UNHRC, Guevarra said that criminal cases are pending before the police who did not follow the proper protocol when they conducted an operation against illegal drugs that killed thousands of people.

He said that if the PNP does not file a case against their peers, there are other panel members besides the Department of Justice (DOJ) who can file a case.

Guevarra added that the panel will also contact the families of the victims to serve as complainants.

Earlier, Guevarra said at the 46th UNHRC session that the contingent from the DOJ had examined the available records in some key areas and cities where the victims came from while conducting illegal drug operations.

Areas include Bulacan, including City San Jose del Monte; Cavite, including Bacoor City and part of the National Capital Region.

If you remember June last year when Guevarra announced to the UNHRC at the 44th session held in Geneva, Switzerland related to the formation of the Department of Justice (DoJ) an inter-agency panel will conduct a review of 5,600 police anti-drug operations since 2016 .

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