De Lima: ‘Surrendering’ pedicab driver‘s slay ‘clearly illegal, summary execution’

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) conducts another surprise “urine” drug test at Camp Karingal in Quezon City on Monday. The test was part of the new Philippine National Police leadership's efforts to cleanse the police ranks of scalawags.(MNS photo)

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) conducts another surprise “urine” drug test at Camp Karingal in Quezon City on Monday. The test was part of the new Philippine National Police leadership’s efforts to cleanse the police ranks of scalawags.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday said the killing of a pedicab driver in Pasay City who was about to surrender to police was “clearly illegal, criminal, and a summary execution.”

The neophyte lawmaker said she has not yet seen the video where victim Eric Sison could be heard pleading to the arresting policemen around 1:35 a.m. in Barangay 43, Zone 6, that he already wants to surrender.

Police claimed that Sison was accosted by patrolling policemen, but he sprinted, forcing the lawmen to give chase. As he was about to surrender, the policemen repeatedly shot him, based on an audio recording of the incident.

The pedicab driver’s shooting happened hours before the second day of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights’ hearing on alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects.

“Bakit nagkakaroon ng ganyang sense of impunity on the part of the law enforcers na kung klarado… Klarado naman na iligal iyan. Klarado, criminal act iyan,” said De Lima.

“Basta-basta mo na lang patayin na susuko. Walang kalabanlaban. That is certainly summary execution,” she added.

De Lima lamented the “sense of impunity” that incidents like this brings.

The senator and former Justice secretary said there is a possibility that Sison’s case would be included among the cases being investigated by the Senate committees on justice and public order.

“Even if siyam na ang witnesses namin, out of 11, [na nag-testify], mayroon na ho kaming natatanggap na mga feelers since the first day,” she added.

De Lima said her office has already been receiving messages over Facebook and by phone from people seeking help for similar incidents involving drug-related arrests and slays.(MNS)

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