Tuesday, March 7, 2017

PNP-IAS starts probe of cops allegedly linked to DDS

PNP-IAS starts probe of cops allegedly linked to DDS

MANILA, March 7 (PNA) -- The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has started its fact-finding investigation into policemen allegedly involved in the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).

During the Senate hearing on Monday, Senior Police Officer 3 (retired) Arthur Lascanas named some police officers who were allegedly involved in the DDS.

Lascanas linked to the DDS PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, as well as other active police officers such as Senior Supt. Rommel Mitra, chief of the Directorial Staff of Police Regional Office-3 (Central Luzon); SPO1 Jim Tan and a certain Supt. Rivera.

PNP-IAS chief Director Leo Angelo Leuterio on Tuesday said they are currently validating the information revealed by Lascanas to the senators during yesterday's Senate hearing.

Leuterio said this is the first time the PNP has heard about the allegations of the self-confessed DDS member (Lascanas), so the information could not be classified as intelligence data.

He added that at the moment they still do not have the signed copies of Lascanas' sworn statement, and that they are only working with photocopies of unsigned documents.

Likewise, the PNP-IAS warned they will spare no one, not even the PNP chief (Dela Rosa), if the information provided by Lascanas is proven to be true. (PNA)

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