THE Department of Justice’s (DoJ) report on the 52 deaths related to the government’s war on illegal drugs will absolve President Rodrigo Duterte of any wrongdoing, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said.
The report, he added, will disprove claims that the Chief Executive bears the blame on the killings “under the principle of command responsibility.”
“The most important element of culpability by reason of command responsibility is that a person knew that crimes were being committed and did not do anything to prevent these crimes from being committed or did not do anything to investigate and punish the perpetrators thereof,” Roque said during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay virtual forum.
In the 52 cases reviewed by the DoJ, there was not an instance that showed that the President ordered the killing “or that the President did not do anything to punish those who committed criminal acts,” he added.
“I think the findings of the DoJ will belie all claims that the President is responsible under the principle of command responsibility because on the contrary it proves that the Philippine state has in fact investigated and prosecuted individuals for these extrajudicial killings,” he added.Internet Explorer Channel Network