Philippine: Senators investigate hundreds of drugs killings
Aug.22, Manila: Philippine senators have opened an inquiry into the killings of more than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users amid a crackdown spearheaded by President Rodrigo Duterte, with witnesses accusing some policemen of killing suspects and being involved in the illegal drugs trade.
Sen. Leila de Lima, who heads the Senate committee leading the investigation, said Monday that she was worried about the widespread killings, and that law enforcers and vigilantes may be using the crackdown "to commit murder with impunity."
One witness told the senators that her husband and father-in-law were arrested and beaten by policemen and taken to a police station, where they were shot to death last month.
National police chief Ronald dela Rosa testified that there was no order to kill suspects, the Associated Press reported.
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