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PNP to cooperate with DOJ review of cases of cleared cops, Eleazar assures

4:19 pm on 22 July 2021, Thursday

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar assured that the police organization is open to a review by the Department of Justice of cases where police officers were cleared of administrative liability.

The DOJ earlier said that its eyes 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.

Eleazar noted 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," the PNP chief assured.

"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 added. 

Eleazar said that the PNP as an institution submits to the wisdom of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra regarding the probe.

He also 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 PNP Chief emphasized.

The PNP also already submitted to the DOJ case folders of anti-illegal drug operations, where deaths occurred, for the agency’s review and investigation.

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