The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday said 1,466 drug personalities have been killed in the government’s drive against illegal drugs since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.
Based on the PNP’s report on its “Oplan Double Barrel,” 16,025 drug personalities were also arrested based on 17,389 operations conducted from July 1 to 6 a.m. Saturday (September 10).
“Oplan Double Barrel” refers to the police’s two-pronged approach in the war against drugs, targetting both big-time and small-time drug personalities.
The PNP said 900,814 houses have been visited under “Project Tokhang” where policemen visit suspected drug users at their homes to encourage them to stop their illegal ways.
The total number of surrenderers under “Project Tokhang” during the same period is 709,527 including, 52, 568 drug pushers and 656,959 drug users.
Deaths under investigation
The PNP also reported that a total of 1,935 people have been reported killed in 1,782 incidents of attacks by unidentified armed men from July 1 to 4 p.m. of September 8.
Of the number deaths, only 1,490 are listed as “deaths under investigation.”
It also reported that it has filed 292 cases and arrested 185 suspects in the vigilante-style killings.
Of the number of respondents in the cases filed, the PNP said a total of 107 are “at-large” and 185 have been arrested.
The administration of President Duterte has come under fire due to the number of deaths in the police’s anti-drugs operations and summary killings of drug suspects.
The United States and the United Nations have expressed alarm over the rising number of deaths in the country.
Before President Duterte flew to Laos to attend the ASEAN summit, he made profanity-laced comments against President Barack Obama.
Duterte also declined an invitation to a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ahead of the ASEAN summit.