Philippines Authorities Publish Statistics on Campaign vs. Drugs
09 de enero de 2017, 17:17Manila, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) The Philippine authorities published a report with the statistics of the anti-drug campaign carried out by President Rodrigo Duterte, showing the scope of controversial measures taken since the beginning of his term.
The report issued by the police indicates that the Government carried out more than 40,000 operations from July 2016 to date, claiming the lives of some 6,100 people allegedly linked to drug trafficking and illegalities.
However, the report admits that many of the fatalities were extrajudicial killings and also says that 35 police officers and three soldiers were killed during operations in the last six months.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar described the so-called war against drug as a success after the data published, because according to him, it reduced the country's crime rate by 32 percent.
However, specialists say that the same data can be used to illustrate the violent consequences of Duterte's obsession with settling the drug crisis in a short term.
Duterte admitted that several innocent civilians were killed by the police in some of the operations, but reiterates that the campaign will continue until the end of his term.
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