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Senate: EJKs not State-sanctioned

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights has belied the existence of the infamous Davao Death Squad and allegations of State-sponsored extrajudicial killings.

At the prodding of senators during a public hearing by the Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee yesterday, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa placed several policemen under “restrictive custody’’ for the recent killing of Albuera (Leyte) Mayor Rolando Espinosa.

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The Senate is keen in increasing the budget for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) whose performance through the years and into the first two months of President Duterte’s tenure now in the thick of an anti-illegal drug campaign is below par.

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A number of alleged discrepancies was reported to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), yesterday, during the canvassing of votes at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

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The politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo religious sect yesterday endorsed the candidacies of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. for president and vice president.

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