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PNP: Over 2,000 die in drug war

Nineteen policemen and three soldiers were killed in the all-out war against illegal drugs that was started in July this year which has so far led to the death of nearly 2,100 suspected drug pushers and users.

The data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) disputes the statement made by President Duterte that 30 cops were killed while 57 others were wounded in the war against illegal drugs.

Another 53 soldiers, he said, were killed while more than 200 others were wounded.

The PNP data, however, disclosed that 54 policemen and eight policemen were injured.

This is not the first time that Duterte gave inaccurate data on the casualties of the illegal drugs war.

He said earlier he is losing two to three policemen and soldiers everyday in the war against illegal drugs.

Aside from the casualties, policemen also arrested 40,612 suspected drug pushers and users since July 1 this year.

The sources of the data are from police commanders across the country.

A total of 897, 644 already surrendered to the police, almost all of them are suspected users while 69,465 of the figure are drug peddlers across the country. (Aaron B. Recuenco)