A joint task force of the Department of Justice, Department of Interior on Local Government and Commission on Human Rights has been created, on instructions of President Benigno Aquino III, to investigate the reported extra judicial killings and other alleged illegal activities in Escalante City, Negros Occidental.
The order creating the joint task force is signed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Commission on Human Rights chairwoman Etta Rosales.
The joint order cited a DILG report on the alleged alarming rate of extra judicial killings in Escalante.
A DAILY STAR source said DILG Regional Director Eveleyn Tompeta will head the task force but she could not be reached for comment as of press time last time.
Late last month the police relieved 12 policemen in Escalante City in connection with the investigation on extra judicial killings and this got the ire of city officials.
The Mayor and some Sanggunian members are angry at not having been consulted on the matter, and said all support of the city government to the town police would be withdrawn, including the building being used as the police station.
The National Police Commission headed by Robredo, in a resolution dated July 15 suspended the administrative and operational control of Yap over the Escalante police station, citing numerous extra-judicial killings in the city, and his alleged close association with the New People’s Army.
Yap has denied the allegations against him*CPG