PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar assured on Saturday their openness to a plan by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review cases of cops cleared of administrative liability after being investigated over deadly anti-narcotics operations.
The DOJ earlier said it is eyeing to review the cases of police officers involved in police anti-illegal drug operations where there were deaths but were already cleared by the PNP Internal Affairs Service.
The PNP chief pointed out that the PNP has already pledged to give its full cooperation to the DOJ review.
“The PNP is open to any investigation dahil wala kaming itinatago. If the DOJ will push through with the review of the cases of those police officers who were already cleared, I will guarantee full cooperation. Ito naman ang assurance namin sa DOJ sa simula pa lang. Handa ang PNP na gawing available para sa review ng ahensiya ang alinmang case folder na hilingin nito,” he said.
“We submit to the wisdom of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra regarding this matter,” the PNP chief added.
Eleazar said the PNP is serious in cooperating with the DOJ on its review of deaths in the drug war.
“Seryoso ang PNP sa pakikipagtulungan nito sa DOJ at handa din kaming panagutin ang mga pulis na mapatutunayang nagkasala sa batas,” the top cop assured.
Under Eleazar, the PNP had submitted to the DOJ case folders of anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred for the agency’s review and investigation.