Philippine National Police (PNP) allegedly violated the human rights of suspected drug users and pushers in conducting the ‘Oplan Tokhang’ program of the government.
This was the finding stated in the draft report of the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, headed by Sen. Richard Gordon, which investigated alleged extrajudicial killings cases connected with the intensified drug war of the present administration.
Gordon said that individuals suspected of being in illegal drugs often do not have the benefit of counsel from a lawyer when invited for questioning by authorities under Oplan Tokhang.
Based on PNP records, as of Nov. 24, more than four million houses were visited under the Oplan Tokhang, which was launched in July.
Additionally, Gordon said the committee is planning to charge Edgar Matobato, a supposed member of the Davao Death Squad, for allegedly providing false testimony during the Senate hearing.