April 23, 2018, 8:06 am
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800 of 10,000 killings not related to drugs: PNP

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa yesterday said that around 800 of more than 10,000 killings from July 1, 2016 to October 18 this year were not related to illegal drugs.

“There are people who ride in our war on drugs. They kill someone due to personal and some other reasons… They were killed during the period of our war on drugs and people associate these killings to extrajudicial killings. But we later found out that they were not drug-related,” Dela Rosa said in a radio interview.

He said the motives behind the killings were personal conflict, love triangle, land dispute, or those done by hired killers.

Based on PNP records, 10,354 deaths under investigation were recorded from July 1, 2016 up to October 18, 2017.

Dela Rosa said in some instances, the killers placed a placard on the victim’s body saying he or she is a drug pusher that should not be emulated.

“Some are putting misleading markings which make it appear that a person was killed due to illegal drugs but in some cases we found out that the victim was not involved in illegal drugs. The markings were only to mislead,” he said.

He said other deaths also show that some persons have their political rivals killed.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,262,188 drug pushers and users surrendered nationwide from July 1, 2016 up to October 10 this year.

Director Camilo Pancratius Pascua Cascolan, PNP director for operations, said data showed that in 71,578 operations conducted, 112,086 suspects were nabbed, while 3,933 died during the reinforcement of police operations. A total of 49,994 of those who surrendered were minors.

Among those who surrendered, 1,172,579 were males.

The data showed that 648,335 personalities were unemployed and 260,113 were self-employed. It also showed that 46,443 drug suspects were students while 293,797 come from private entities.

Among the prevalent illegal drugs confiscated were shabu (1,703,300.94 grams), marijuana (3,812,516.54 grams), and ecstasy (2,650 grams).

Police operatives were able to seize 7,280 firearms and e483 explosive devices, Cascolan said.

A total if 8,566 High Value Targets (HVTs) were arrested while 3,485 prominent drug targets surrendered.

The PNP Anti-Illegal drugs drive also led to the dismantling of clandestine drug laboratories in Barangay Lingunan, Valenzuela City; Barangay San Ildefonso, Magalang, Pampanga; Cauayan City, Isabela; and Barangay Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes.

The biggest drug laboratory dismantled by the PNP and PDEA was in Barangay San Juan, Bano, Arayat, Pampanga.

On the other hand, 83 police officers were killed and 238 personnel were wounded, according to the report. 
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