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Kunsintidor: Randy David says Senate, DILG are abetting Duterte’s impunity

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University of ‎the Philippines Prof. Randy David said that the Senate and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) should also get part of the blame for failing to give justice to more than 5,000 drug suspects killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war.
In his Inquirer column, David said that Senate and DILG have contributed to the climate of impunity in the Duterte administration by failing to look deeper into the killings in police operations and pinpoint those who were behind the killing that the police classified as death under investigation.
Quoting political anthropologist Winifred Tate, who wrote a book on the drug-related killings in Colombia, David said impunity was not only just the absence of punishment on perpetrators‎ but it could also be abetted by the “indifference, inadequate information, or ignorance of the abuse, as well as by active obstruction of investigations and legal proceedings.”
David noted that “official investigations that yield no definite findings or conclusions” have also contributed to the climate of impunity.
‎”What quickly comes to mind in our case are the inconclusive reports from the recent Senate hearings on extrajudicial killings and the hitherto unheralded investigation conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government. By failing to pinpoint responsibility, and, in the case of the Senate hearings, by spending more time trying to uncover the supposed links of Sen. Leila de Lima to drug dealers, they may have unwittingly served the cause of impunity,” said David.
A National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) probe has determined that the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and his cell mate Ronald Yap was a rubout and not a shootout as claimed by the raiding team of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8. But this early, Duterte has already made plain that he would back the police in the case who he claimed were only following his orders.

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