Philippines: Human Rights watch Question Police Operations That Killed Mayors, Others — Slaughter “raised questions about the method and accountability of the law enforcers.”

Photo shows Ozamis City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog in a photo dated 2010 on his Facebook account.

MANILA, Philippines — International human rights group reacted to the latest killing of a city mayor in the Philippines, a third incident since President Rodrigo Duterte launched the war against illegal drugs last year.

Human Rights Watch Deputy Director for Asia Phelim Kine said Tuesday that the death of Ozamis City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 14 others raised questions about the method and accountability of the law enforcers.

Kine said that the claims of the raiding team of Philippine National Police that they were met with volleys of fire from Parojinog’s security is dubious, including the time of the operation which happened during the wee hours of the day.

He asserted that the questionable account of the authorities is not something new since they have already debunked government claims of the lawful nature of the deaths of more than 7,000 suspected drug users and dealers.

“Skepticism of the accounts by Philippine National Police of anti-drug operations is fully-justified,” Kine said in a dispatch posted on their website.

“Interviews with witnesses and victims’ relatives, and analysis of police records, show a pattern of unlawful police conduct designed to paint a veneer of legality over extrajudicial executions,” he added.

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Accountability? PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa (left) and Senator Richard Gordon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

READ: Bato says he wanted Parojinog alive

Kine noted the killing of Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao province in October 2016, and the same fate of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. after a month.

Shot and killed in the middle of the night by Philippine Police while in prison: Photos on obtained by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism show the body of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. lying flat on his back with his eyes half-open, and both of his hands empty. Image obtained by PCIJ/Nancy Carvajal

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa, meanwhile, saw the operation as legitimate as he warned that there would be more crackdowns of narco-politicians.

Kine believes that the “police will continue to kill with impunity for the foreseeable future” due to the assurance of the pardon coming from the president himself.

Cops behind the killing of Espinosa in November were reinstated despite the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation and Senate that the mayor’s death was premeditated.

READ: HRW blasts reinstatement of Marcos, other cops in Espinosa slay


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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) talks to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald Dela Rosa. AFP photo


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