MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) gave a briefing to members of the US Congress and officials of the US Embassy on the progress of the investigations of extrajudicial killings in the country.
In his briefing, Director Jefferson Soriano, chief of the PNP’s Task Force Usig which was tasked to investigate the killings of activists and journalists, said most of the killings were borne out of personal motives like personal grudges, land disputes, and business rivalry, and not politically motivated.
Nonetheless, Soriano assured the US officials that all unsolved cases in the country were being closely investigated.
In a statement, Soriano said the US officials “expressed satisfaction for the swift action and transparency of the PNP in handling the slay cases, noting the successful prosecution of persons behind some of these murders.”
Also present were Chargé d’Affaires Paul W. Jones and other US Embassy officials Thomas Brown and Mario Fernandez.
PNP officials present were Senior Supt. Lina Sarmiento, chief of the PNP’s Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO).