|Posted on June 17, 2016 at 8:40 PM|
Chino Gaston/Jessica Bartolome
Published June 17, 2016 10:19pm
Updated June 18, 2016 7:34am
AFTER MAY 9 POLLS
PNP: Number of suspected drug dealers killed up by 200%
Police on Friday said the number of suspected drug dealers who ended up dead increased by about 200 percent after the May 9 elections.
The Philippine National Police said that a total of 39 suspected drug pushers were killed from January to May 9.
From May 9 until the end of the same month, 29 suspected pushers were killed.
The fatalities were killed in anti-illegal drugs missions launched by the police.
The number of arrested suspects also increased by 8 percent after the elections.
PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor clarified that the data cited was still not conclusive and that the numbers were just an estimate between four months before the elections and one month after.
"Hindi 'yan conclusive kasi kumbaga in-estimate lang namin iyong January to May 9. Iyong coverage niya in-average mo as compared to during the time after elections... Ang mapapakita natin doon, there is an increase after, as compared to the averaging per month," he explained.
Killed in shootouts
Mayor said the deaths recorded were due to shootouts that occurred during the operation.
"The reason why the suspects were killed is because they engaged in a shootout between the law enforcers and the suspects," he said.
"And based also on reports of circumstances surrounding the incident, it will appear that there is imminent danger on the part of law enforcers," he added.
The PNP spokesman further explained that they could not say if the increase in numbers is due to the pronouncements made by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, and Chief Superintendent Roland "Bato" dela Rosa that they prefer to eliminate drug lords and suspects in drug-related crimes.
Dela Rosa has been chosen by Duterte to head the PNP when he takes his seat in Malacañang on June 30.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), meanwhile, expressed alarm over the rising numbers of criminals killed.
The agency has formed a task force for extrajudicial killings, the report said.
Chito Gascon, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, warned law enforcers against engaging in summary executions.
"Kung ang mga napapatay ay sang-ayon lang sa sabihin natin sa lawful police operation at lumaban...ibang usapin yun kung ang nangyayari ay in the nature of summary of execution," Gascon said. —Chino Gaston/Jessica Bartolome/APG, GMA News