MANILA, Philippines – Cops killed 21 drug suspects during the “4-day Undas holiday” from October 31 to November 3, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde announced in a press conference on Monday, November 5.
The killings occurred as the PNP conducted a total of 616 anti-drug operations. They also arrested 981 persons alleged to have possessed or carried a transaction involving illegal drugs.
The new count adds to the almost 5,000 drug suspects recorded by the government to have fought back and died in anti-narcotics busts since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. Human rights groups have counted over 20,000, as they included killings that may have been inspired by the President’s so-called “war on drugs.”
Assistance during holiday. For the back-to-back holidays of remembrance when Filipinos flocked to cemeteries, the PNP set up around 4,400 assistance hubs manned by almost 23,000 cops.
Near and inside burial grounds, police confiscated 4 firearms, 28,595 bladed weapons, 615 gambling paraphernalia, 195 Karaoke machines, and various alcoholic drinks from 17,659 law and local ordinance violators.
Albayalde congratulated the ground commanders for the anti-drug and safety operations conducted during the holiday break. The top cop added that it was only the “dry run” for a bigger holiday break: Christmas.
“Under the same whole-of-government law enforcement and public safety framework, we are setting our sights ahead of the Yuletide season and making early preparations to maximize efficiency of planned actions,” Albayalde said. – Rappler.com