Aug 16, 2017 @ eight:46

By: Agence France-Presse

Philippine police killed not less than 21 folks in a sequence of raids close to the capital Manila, in the bloodiest night of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, official data confirmed on Tuesday.

Duterte gained a landslide victory in presidential elections final yr after promising an unprecedented war on drugs in which tens of hundreds of folks can be killed.

The raids from Monday to Tuesday resulted in the only largest death toll in one night of police operations since officers killed 16 folks, together with a metropolis mayor, in a raid on a southern metropolis on July 30.

Police data from Bulacan province, a light-industrial centre simply north of Manila, mentioned that 26 anti-drug operations had been performed in 12 cities and cities, ensuing in the killing of 21 “drug personalities”.

The raids additionally resulted in the arrest of 64 suspects, the seizure of 21 firearms and about 100 grams (three.5 ounces) of methamphetamines, popularly generally known as “shabu” the data mentioned.

A breakdown of the incidents confirmed that the 21 had been killed in 16 separate operations the place all of the fatalities had been armed, the police added.

Spokesmen for the Bulacan police couldn’t be contacted for remark.

Bulacan, a province of about three.29 million folks, has recorded quite a few arrests and killings of drug suspects in latest months, the police data confirmed.

Duterte has vowed to guard police who kill drug suspects underneath suspicious circumstances.

Government figures present that since Duterte took workplace final yr as much as July 26, a complete of three,451 “drug personalities” have been killed in police operations.

More than 2,000 different folks have been killed in drug-related crimes and hundreds extra murdered in unexplained circumstances, in line with police knowledge.

Despite warnings by human rights teams that Duterte could also be overseeing a criminal offense in opposition to humanity, he stays broadly fashionable in the Philippines.(AFP)