The police reports on the killings of suspects in President Duterte's brutal war on drugs "leave much to be desired," as these use stock language describing the victims as resisting arrest, lawyers who have challenged the legality of the crackdown on narcotics said on Thursday.
Lawyers from the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) presented the first batch of Philippine National Police reports on the killings at a news conference two days after the Supreme Court ordered the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to release the documents.
The language used in the reports on the killings of suspects who allegedly resisted arrest is "nearly identical," Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno, the FLAG chair, said.
That's true "in every single case where the police supposedly [had] to kill the suspects," Diokno said.
'IT RAISES A LOT OF QUESTIONS'
"If every case is unique in its facts, why is it that the language is the same?" Diokno asked, adding that it "raises a lot of questions."
FLAG member Theodore Te, a former spokesperson for the Supreme Court, said the documents on 29 cases first submitted to the group by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) showed that pattern.