De Lima says report that state is behind killings not fictional

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Detained Senator Leila de Lima described a report about policemen allegedly being paid to kill drug suspects as real and not “fiction.”

“The Reuters story, citing sources purporting to be police officers who are in-the-know about the anti-drug operations, is not a fiction. It’s real. It’s the ugly and disturbing truth of what has become of the PNP (Philippine National Police),” De Lima said in a written statement on Thursday.

“Something tells me that a significant (number) of PNP officers and personnel are as equally shaken and appalled by this tide of lawlessness that has swept their ranks. I say that they, and they alone, can save their beloved institution from further infamy,” she said.

A special report of Reuters news agency quoted a retired intelligence officer and an active senior commander of the PNP as saying that cops had received cash payments for executing drugs suspects.
The report also mentioned a 26-page report, titled “The State-Sponsored Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines” dated January 26, 2017, detailing how extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the country are carried out and funded.

De Lima said the Reuters report bolstered her allegation that the killings were state-sponsored.
“I’m more than morally convinced that the ongoing human carnage targeting mostly the poor is State-sponsored as incited by a blood-thirsty head of state. Ooops… No, I’m not just more than morally convinced. Without any reservation, I KNOW it’s State-sponsored,” she said.

“Matobato and Lascañas have told us the truth about the DDS,” she said, referring to confessed assassins Edgar Matobato and retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas.
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