CHR slams Duterte bounty vs 'ninja' cops

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Posted at Aug 19 2018 04:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to policemen in Malacanang. Presidential Photo via Reuters

MANILA -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) assailed Sunday President Rodrigo Duterte's offer of a P5-million bounty to anyone who could bring to him a slain "ninja" cop.

The President last year offered P3 million for every ninja cop brought to him. He raised the bounty on Friday as he again expressed frustration over the presence of bad eggs in the police force.

While scalawags must be removed from the police force, their lives "are priceless too and should not be equated to any amount, however low or exorbitant it may be," CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline de Guia said.

"Their removal from service must not be by death which promotes vigilantism and perpetuates the cycle of violence, worse the breakdown of the rule of law but by due process which will afford them recognition of their rights," she said in a statement.

"Affording them due process and their constitutional rights is by no means tolerance of their wrongdoings nor acquiescence thereto but rather adhering to time honored principles of respect for human rights and the rule of law," she added.

The Philippine National Police said a total of 3,275 police personnel were slapped with administrative cases over incidents in anti-illegal drug operations from July 1, 2016 to July 31, 2018. Of this number, 778 police officers were exonerated while 2,438 cases were dismissed.

Meanwhile, 267 police personnel were dismissed for drug use, and another 95 for other drug-related offenses from July 1, 2016 to July 31, 2018.

Sixty-five percent of police personnel who were dismissed or penalized have ranks ranging from PO1 to PO3, said PNP spokesperson Bong Durana.

Duterte has vowed to make his anti-drug drive as chilling as the day it began. The PNP, for its part, sought to recalibrate its campaign, as human rights groups continued to slam the drug war killings.