Drug raids toll hits 81 in 4 days
MANILA, Philippines – The death toll for this week now stands at 81 as Metro Manila Northern Police District (NPD) conducted their own anti-drug and anti-criminality operation from the afternoon of Thursday, August 17 to early morning of Friday, August 18.
After 20 encounters, 24 drug suspects were killed and 36 were detained. Some cops were wounded according to the NPD report released to the media.
The northern police handles the Camanava quadrant, encompassing Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela.
The breakdown in apprehension by units is as follows:
- Caloocan City Police Station (CPS) - 13 killed, 14 arrested
- Malabon CPS - one killed, 3 arrested
- Navotas CPS - two killed, 3 arrested
- Valenzuela CPS - 5 killed, 14 arrested
- Dangerous Drugs Enforcement Unit - one killed, two arrested
- District Special Operations Unit - two killed
Among those killed in the overnight drug sweep is 17-year old Kian Loyd Delos Santos who was supposedly a drug runner – yet unlisted in any drug watch lists – who allegedly fought back against police when he was apprehended.
However, CCTV camera recording and witness reports tell a different story: that the cops forced Kian to pull the trigger, run, and get shot. The accounts have lead to the temporary eviction of the 3 policemen involved in the operation.
The Camanava raids, the NPD report said, collected "assorted pieces of evidence" from the scene.
Third this week
The deadly operations, aligned with the administration's war against drugs and criminality, have sparked support and outrage.
President Rodrigo Duterte said the deaths were "good", while Malacañang pledged an independent investigation.
The Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa defended the operations, saying deaths are only "normal" given that suspects fight back.
He also pledged to investigate his own men, as he said he understands the pain of grieving families. – Rappler.com
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