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Over 50 percent of killings solved

By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has solved more than 50 percent of cases of what it classified to be death under investigation that include suspected drug pushers and users who were killed by vigilante groups.

The PNP leadership has already stopped providing information as to the number of what it earlier called as Death Under Investigation (DIU) but is now classified as Homicide Cases Under Investigation (HCUI). The last data given to the media pertaining to the number of deaths was in December last year.

But in a command conference of police commanders late last month, the numbers of HCUIs was at 22,981 from the start of drug war since July 2016 to May 21 this year across the country.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde disputed the almost 23,000 deaths as of last week of May and said it is bloated.