Open drug war records –– Supreme Court

April 02, 2019

THE Supreme Court yesterday ordered the government to submit police records on deaths of suspected drug pushers and users in President Duterte’s war on drugs.

Voting unanimously, the SC ordered the Office of the Solicitor general (OSG) to submit police reports and documents involving 3,800 deaths related to the drug war.

The SC also directed the OSG to release or furnish copies of the reports to the petitioners in the Amparo cases represented by human rights groups CenterLaw and Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG).

“The Court ordered the Solicitor General to submit to the Supreme Court the police reports, copy furnishing the petitioners,” the SC said in a media briefer.

CenterLaw filed a petition in 2017 with the high court seeking the issuance of a writ of amparo to protect the residents of 26 barangays in San Andres Bukid, Manila City against the government’s war on drugs.

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), on the other hand, filed a petition asking the Court to declare as unconstitutional the PNP’s “Oplan Double Barrel,” which it said allows the police to “neutralize” suspected drug pushers instead of arresting and prosecuting them.