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More than 100 drug suspects killed since Duterte’s victory

Police have killed a total of 31 suspected illegal drugs personalities across the country in just a span of one week, raising the death toll of drug suspects killed to more than 100 since President Duterte’s victory was assured in the recent presidential elections.

The figure of illegal drugs-related casualties was based on the records culled by the Philippine National Police-Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) across the country from June 27 to July 3.

Of the 31 fatalities, Central Luzon accounts almost half of the figure with 14 deaths reported in that week followed by the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional police with seven.

The Davao region accounts for six while the rest are in Central Mindanao with two and one each in Central Visayas and the National Capital Region Police Office.

The fatality figure in Metro Manila, however, does not include the five people killed in Manila on Sunday and four more in Quiapo and Muntinlupa City on Tuesday.

In almost all the police operations, the operating team would claim that the suspects would fight it out with them.

The casualty figure last week placed the death toll at 103 from May 10 to July 3. The death toll is expected to increase as this week’s data enters the Case Monitoring Division records of the DIDM.

The figure is way higher than the fatalities recorded from January to May 9 with only more than 30 fatalities.
(Aaron Recuenco)