MANILA, Philip-pines – The Senate committees on public order and dangerous drugs, and on justice and human rights, chaired by former PNP chief now Senator Ronald “Batp” dela Rosa, started its its probe Tuesday, August 27, into the spate of killings in the two Negros provinces in central Philippines.
In a span of 10 days in July, the island saw 21 people dead at the hands of gunmen: 17 civilians and 4 policemen, most of whom were killed in their homes.
The state of violence has pushed President Rodrigo Duterte to consider employing “drastic” measures, sparking fears of expanding martial law from Mindanao to the Visayas. The Philippine National Police, however, has downplayed the killings and said that the situation is “under control.” There is no need for Martial Law in Negros.,
Senator Risa Hontiveros filed Senate Resolution No. 47, seeking an investigation into the incidents. She said the killings hold a mirror up to the “culture of impunity and lawlessness in the country.”
Thus, the hearing among stakeholders from Negros Oreintal headed by Gov Roel Degamo , and Guihulngan Mayor Guido Reyes and Gen Debold Senas RECOM 7 direcdtor and chief of police PLt Col Bartolome Tecson, all ensued at the Senate inquiry room.
Honteveros said the probe should help seek justice for the victims and lead to actions and legislation that would prevent more killings on the island.
“These murderers seem to fear nothing and no one, completely assured of their impunity,” Hontiveros said in the resolution.
The Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee is headed by Senator Ronald dela Rosa, while the Senate justice and human rights committee is chaired by Senator Richard Gordon.
The hearing began at 10 am Tuesday. —Rappler.com