Six die each day in PRRD’s drug war– PNP

Published August 17, 2018, 3:08 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Martin Sadongdong

At least six persons die each day since President Duterte launched an intensive campaign against illegal drugs two years ago, a spokesperson for the Philippine National Police (PNP) disclosed Friday.

(REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)
(REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr.,told a #RealNumbersPH forum that a total of 4,410 individuals died in 105,658 anti-illegal drug operations from July 2016 to July 31, 2018 or an average of six deaths per day.

Durana said this is the situation in the “real world” where law enforcers have to deal with “drug-crazed and heavily armed” suspects almosteveryday.

“As much as possible, we want it not to be bloody but you are dealing with drug-crazed, highly armed criminals. Law enforcers cannot lay down their lives for these criminals who have been denying the Filipino people of their human rights to live in a society free from the scourge of illegal drugs,” he said.

On the government side, at least 87 anti-narcotics enforcers have been killed with more than 200 others injured in anti-drug operations.

“Just like in internal security operations, we lay down our lives. The enemies of the states were killed in the process as well so this is not heaven. This is the real world that people will die in the process,” he emphasized.

This is aside from the 4,850 “deaths under investigation” or those who were killed by unknown assailants from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2018.

Aside from the deaths, 152,123 drug suspects were also arrested by authorities — 569 of them government workers.

Meanwhile, a total of P21.48 billion worth of illegal drugs and laboratory equipment were seized by authorities.

Most drugs seized are methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) valued at P14.79 billion (2,757.77 kilos). A total of 221 drug dens and clandestine laboratories have also been destroyed in the past two years.

Addressing human rights

Durana said they have set in place measures to address concerns on human rights violations.

Data shows that from July 1, 2016 to October 25, 2016, the PNP recorded 1,798 deaths or an equivalent of 105 deaths on average per week.

This was reduced to 69 deaths per week from October 26, 2016 to January 30,2017; and down to 39 deaths per week from March 1, 2017 to October 10,2017.

Latest raw figure shows that the PNP has recorded 23 deaths per week from December 5, 2017 to August 13, 2018.

He attributed the reduced deaths per week to their continuous “improvements” in police operations.

“Meaning, we are improving… We are one in protecting and upholding human rights [and] institutional rights not only of the accused but also of our law enforcers,” he noted.

“We are very sensitive and we are actively listening to the suggestions, comments and even criticisms of some quarters in our campaign against illegal drugs,” he added.

 
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