1,466 killed in police drug operations

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THE number of drug suspects killed in intensified police operations since July 1 had risen to 1,466, data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed Saturday.

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The latest figures released yesterday showed that 16,025 drug users and pushers were arrested in the 17, 389 anti-drug operations conducted by the police from July 1 to September 6 under “Oplan Double Barrel.”

The PNP said 900,814 houses were visited by police officers under “Oplan Tokhang.”

During the same period, 709,527 people — 52, 568 drug pushers and 656,959 drug users — surrendered either to the police or barangay officials.

On Tuesday, the PNP reported that it is investigating the killings of 1,045 people, including those shot dead by unidentified assassins or groups.

PNP spokesperson Senior Supt Dionardo Carlos told reporters in Camp Crame that 281 cases have already been filed and 176 of these cases are considered solved since the suspects have been arrested.

The Duterte Administration and the PNP had come under heavy criticism for the sheer number of drug suspects killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.

The United Nations (UN) has raised concern over the spate of drug killings, enraging the President who lashed out at UN officials for their meddling.

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