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The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday voted unanimously requiring the Philippine National Police (PNP) to open its records concerning the administration’s bloody war on drugs.

This as the SC ordered the Office of the Solicitor General to submit police reports and documents involving the deaths of 3,800 individuals implicated in the illegal drugs trade.

“The Court ordered the Solicitor General to submit to the Supreme Court the police reports, copy furnishing the petitioners,” SC spokesman Atty. Brian Hosaka disclosed in a press briefing in Baguio City.

The SC came up with the ruling after it granted the motion of petitioners led by human rights groups CenterLaw and Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG).

CenterLaw filed a petition in 2017 seeking the issuance of a writ of amparo to protect the residents of 26 barangays in San Andres Bukid, Manila City against the government’s war on drugs.

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), on the other hand, filed a petition asking the Court to declare as unconstitutional the PNP’s “Oplan Double Barrel,” which it said allows the police to “neutralize” suspected drug pushers instead of arresting and prosecuting them.

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