PNP on anti-drugs ops: Thousands of deaths, only 10 inquest reports

MANILA, Philippines – Almost a month after a congressman asked for data on the investigation of policemen who may have killed suspects in anti-drug operations, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has managed to submit only 10 inquest reports. 

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque, gave this update in a press conference on Wednesday, September 27. He had requested for the inquest reports of more than 3,800 deaths attributed to police operations. 

Amid allegations of the use of excessive force and summary killings, the police have insisted that those who died during police operations “fought back (nanlaban).” 

The House minority, to which Roque belongs, does not buy this. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza, during the same press conference, said he agreed with the results of a recent Social Weather Stations survey that showed more than half of respondents did not believe that most suspects “fought back.” 

Since the war on drugs began, police have been accused of only targetting the poor in its operations. It has also been accused of having to meet a “quota” of dead bodies. 

Police have denied the allegations. 

To date, more than 3,800 suspects have died in anti-drug operations nationwide. Roque earlier noted that, from July 27 to August 29 alone, over 360 were killed in police operations. 

The number doubles if those on barangay drug lists killed by vigilantes are counted. 

The police have been the focus of renewed outrage over the death of two teenagers at the hands of Caloocan City police. In one case, that of Kian delos Santos, the PNP’s own Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said that police had conspired to kill the young man

The PNP is asking Congress to allocate P900 million for its anti-illegal drugs operations in 2018. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it wants the same amount to boost its anti-drug operations. – Rappler.com