CLOSE to 1,200 drug suspects have been killed in police anti-illegal drug operations since July 1, official figures revealed on Thursday.
Data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) National Operations Center showed that as of 6 a.m. on Thursday, a total of 1,197 drug suspects have been killed in 19,106 operations by policemen.
Figures from regional offices also showed that police operations have resulted in the arrests of at least 18,451 drug suspects.
Moreover, 717,487 drug suspects have surrendered to the police, of which 664,193 were illegal drug users and 53,294 were pushers.
Authorities have knocked on a total of 1,118,664 doors during police visits to the houses of drug suspects under Oplan “Tokhang” or “knock and plead,” in which police appeal to the suspects to surrender and help in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
The government has drawn flak from the international community over the number of drug suspects killed. In addition to the PNP tally, more than 1,000 people have been slain by unknown assailants.
These killings includes vigilante-style executions, where victims — with heads often wrapped in packing tape and cardboard signs proclaiming their alleged crimes — are dumped on the streets.
There have also been numerous drive-by shootings by motorcycle-riding gunmen.