PNP drug accomplishments beyond ‘passing mark’ -- Albayalde

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday said  as far as he is concerned, they have scored a “beyond passing mark” when it comes to rating the success of their war on drugs.

He added that the drug situation in the country is “very much improving” with President Rodrigo Duterte himself talking on the matter.

Albayalde said although there are still major drug smuggling cases being uncovered by authorities particularly at the Bureau of Customs, it’s a fact that the campaign has been a success as proven by the 30 to 40 percent reduction in crimes nationwide and the very big improvement in the peace and order situation.

The PNP chief noted that the President’s huge public satisfaction rating is also an indication that Filipinos are very much satisfied with the way he has kept his promise to defeat the drug menace and keep order on the streets.

At the same time, Albayalde maintained anew that all police actions on the government’s drug war campaign are governed by a set of operational procedures that are founded on principles of respect for human right.

He issued the  statement in reaction to a call of human rights experts of the United Nation Human Rights Council to probe the government’s controversial anti-drug campaign.

“With utmost respect for human rights, the PNP upholds the rule of law, follows strict protocols in all of its anti-illegal drugs operations, and will never tolerate any wrongdoing of its personnel.

“Those found to have violated standard police rules and procedures were charged either administratively or criminally, or both, and were slapped with either administrative sanctions or dismissal from the service,” he explained.

Albayalde added that the United Nations’ rapporteurs concept of “unlawful deaths” is a recognition of the “existence of a fully- functional justice system that determines what is lawful and what is not.”

Albayalde stressed that there is no such official or institutional impunity.

“Homicide cases with all sorts of motives cannot be categorized under the war on drugs. All deaths during anti -drug police operations have been properly investigated,” he said in echoing the Palace’s misgivings over yet another attempt by foreign bodies to meddle into purely national affairs.

“With utmost respect for human rights, the PNP upholds the rule of law, follows strict protocols in all of its anti-illegal drugs operations, and will never tolerate any wrongdoing of its personnel. Those found to have violated standard police rules and procedures were charged either administratively or criminally, or both, and were slapped with either administrative sanctions or dismissal from the service.,” Albayalde said.

Malacañang insisted that the call made by the UN human rights experts was “outrageous interference” to Philippine sovereignty.