Philippines: Senator Jailed By Duterte Government Wants Investigation into Reuters Claims Police Sent Corpses to Hospitals to Destroy Evidence During “War on Drugs”

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MANILA, Philippines –  Sen. Leila de Lima called for an inquiry into reports that anti-narcotics police were using hospitals to conceal incidents of extrajudicial killings (called murder in other nations).

In filing Senate Resolution 421 yesterday, De Lima cited a June 29 report from Reuters

describing how some policemen were sending corpses to hospitals to destroy evidence at crime scenes and hide the fact that they were executing drug suspects.In her resolution, De Lima said the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs should conduct the investigation into the report.

On July 3, Reuters reported that Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, would conduct an inquiry into the matter “basically because there are witnesses named” in the report.

No date has been set for the inquiry. Senate sessions…

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