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Palace lauds police anti-drug campaign

Malacañang is not at all insulted that the police have stepped up the campaign against illegal drugs after supposedly getting inspiration from the next president, not the incumbent.

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. asserted that they are actually pleased with the intensified drug operations that led to more arrests and kills in recent weeks.

“As declared by the PNP (Philippine National Police), it has intensified its efforts on the anti-crime and anti-illegal drug fronts,” Coloma said in a text message.

“The Aquino administration did its duty of equipping the PNP with enough equipment and improving its crime prevention capability and just like the citizenry, would be pleased to see the PNP continuously improve its performance,” he added.

At least 68 drug suspects have been killed in police operations since the start of the year. Twenty-ninewere killed after the May 9 elections.

Authorities arrested a total of 17,680 suspects in drug-related cases from January to June this year. At least 3,760 drug suspects were arrested after the polls. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)