After President Duterte make an apology “unintentional” deaths of innocents in extrajudicial killings, for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon wants the government to punish those responsible for the killings accountable.
“If the President is prepared to accept or concede that there have been persons wrongfully killed, and seriously wants to set things right to prevent its further occurrence, then a zero-tolerance policy for this must be pursued,” Gascon said.
“That President Duterte is feeling remorse for those killed unintentionally in his so-called ‘war on drugs’ should spur him to do more than just say sorry,” he added.
Duterte said in an interview with ABS CBN that those who were unintentionally caught in crossfire could be considered as collateral damage in government’s efforts to curb the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
“I would admit there were killings that were really unintended, like the children who were caught in a crossfire. Collateral damage, and I’m sorry,” Duterte said.
“There has to be a casualty and there has to be some drawbacks there.”
Gascon said that the President should not cover law enforcement personnel of their justifications over the deaths and urges Duterte to allow independent bodies to check for violations of established police procedures and use of force protocols.
“The harm and injury of the families of those wrongfully killed must be immediately addressed,” Gascon said.
“A thorough independent investigation of every single case of death during police operations must be undertaken to determine levels of accountability to pierce the ‘nanlaban’ (resisting arrest) justification,” he added.