Eleazar maintains zero tolerance for ‘EJKs’ in Metro Manila

Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday maintained  zero-tolerance for  “extra-judicial killings” in Metro Manila as he emphasized that policemen who have been accused of involvement in those cases found themselves being hauled to jail and facing criminal and administrative charges.

The 2-star police general issued the statement as he took issue with the question used on the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey about Filipinos fearful of becoming victims of EJKs.

According to him, the case of some Caloocan City policemen who were arrested, tried and convicted for the killing of teenager Kian de los Santos two years ago was a solid proof that the Duterte administration in general and the NCRPO leadership in particular, does not tolerate summary execution of suspected criminals.

Eleazar and Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde have took offense on the way the SWS question was framed and came up with the result that nearly eight out of every 10 Filipinos are worried that they or anyone they know will be an EJK victim.  

“Unang-una ‘yung tanong na ‘yun, sino ba matutuwa? Magiging biktima ka ng pagpatay... dapat nga 100 percent na ang sagot diyan. May konting pagkakamali, I mean ‘yung pagkakatanong, di ba?” he said. “Sa atin naman, even to the President down to the line, hindi tayo nagko-condone ng pagpatay lalo na ng walang dahilan, lalo na ng extrajudicial killing... ‘Yung ibang mga umaabuso, like sa Kian case, ‘yun talaga we can say na nagpatay ‘yun,” he explained.

Gen. Albayalde questioned the timing of the survey and noted that the SWS apparently missed the crucial point of determining their respondents’ awareness of EJKs which in the first place have not been proven yet.

Eleazar assured the citizenry that the police are not involved in EJKs and that police always give premium on the human rights of every suspects being accosted in the streets.

Jeepney driver gunned down.

Malabon police chief Col. Jessie Tamayao said Gerardo Devilla, 51, of No. 14 Gabriel St., Bgy. Hulong Duhat, died on the spot from bullet wounds in the head after he was shot to death by still unidentified suspects while driving his passenger vehicle Monday evening. The suspects immediately fled towards Bgy. Tugatog.

Homicide investigators Sgt. Joselito Bagting and Cpl. Phillip Cesar Apostol said the assailant and his two cohorts, who posed as passengers, rode the victim’s jeepney at around 8:15 p.m and sat behind the driver’s seat.

While the jeepney was traversing Gov. Pascual heading towards Bgy. Tugatog, the gunman, described as about 30 to 35 years old, 5’3” in height, wearing black t-shirt and carrying sling bag shot the victim twice in the head, killing him instantly.

Police are still investigating the motive of the killing.

With Edd Reyes