THE Philippine National Police yesterday took exception to claims by the Free Legal Assistance Group that police investigators have been using a “nanlaban” template in its after-operations reports on suspects killed in anti-narcotics operations since the Duterte administration launched its vaunted war on drugs in 2016.
“As a police agency that performs investigative functions, the PNP has its own standard format of writing an Investigation Report, and other forms of police correspondence. A common feature of an investigation report is the narrative description of the: 1. Essential elements of information such as What, Who, Where, When and How, and 2. Basic elements of the offense to include the evidence in order to meet the requirements of the Court, in the same manner that a lawyer would write an affidavit or pleading for a client,” said PNP spokesman Colonel Bernard M. Banac
Banac issued the statement amid a claim by FLAG that an initial review of 29 “Oplan Tokhang” documents released by the Office of the Solicitor General showed that police used a “template” of “nanlaban” cases in majority of its reports.
The FLAG said the 23 police documents used strikingly similar descriptions of killings raising lots of questions since the cases, as the lawyers claimed, cannot all be the same.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the release of police documents on thousands of killings of suspects in the president’s anti-drug crackdown, in a ruling that human rights groups said could shed light on allegations of extrajudicial killings
More than 5,200 suspected drug personalities have been killed in reported gunbattles with undercover police officers since the PNP launched a massive crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse in July 2016.
The PNP said that the war on drugs has caused a significant reduction in crimes against property and persons citing the fact that armed drug dealers and users usually resort to criminal activities including robbery-holdups and rapes once they are high on illegal substance.