fbpx
News

Philippines Police Kill 13 Suspects In One Day During Drug Raids

Philippine police killed 13 suspected drug dealers and arrested more than 100 people in dozens of anti-narcotics operations on Wednesday in a province north of the capital, its police chief said.

More than 4,000 Filipinos have been killed by police, and thousands more by unidentified armed men, during President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial 20-month war on drugs. Most killings have been in rundown areas of Manila and the nearby provinces of Bulacan and Cavite.

Human rights groups and Duterte’s political opponents say executions of drug users and small-time peddlers are widespread, but police insist those killed were all dealers who put up violent resistance.

Police in Bulacan ran about 60 sting operations in nine towns, the police chief said on Thursday.

Bulacan is where 32 people were killed in a single day in August last year. Last month, an additional 10 drug suspects died in a bloody night of drug busts.

“These operations are part of our stepped-up campaign against drugs and all other forms of criminality in the province,” Bulacan police chief Romeo Caramat said in a statement. “Unfortunately, 13 of the suspects were killed when our officers fired in self-defence shortly after the suspects who were armed with concealed guns sensed they were being entrapped and started firing.”

More than 100 people were also arrested and 19 firearms and about 250 packets of suspected drugs were seized during the 24-hour operation, Caramat said.

Last month, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague opened a preliminary examination into a complaint accusing Duterte and at least 11 officials of crimes against humanity.

The Philippines last week notified the United Nations of its decision to withdraw from the ICC because of what Duterte called outrageous attacks by UN officials and violations of due process.

This story originally appeared in The Guardian.

Join The Discussion

Trump's Plan To End Shutdown Falls Flat
Trump’s Plan To End Shutdown Falls Flat [Video]
World's 26 Richest People Own As Much As Poorest 50%
World’s 26 Richest People Own As Much As Poorest 50%
Thailand Signals Shift In Refugee Policy After Rahaf Mohammed
Thailand Signals Shift In Refugee Policy After Rahaf Mohammed [Video]
Brexit Plans In Chaos After UK Parliament Rejects Proposal
Brexit Plans In Chaos After UK Parliament Rejects Proposal [Video]
How To Buy Bitcoin Anonymously
How To Buy Bitcoin Anonymously
Number Of Bitcoin ATMs Hits 4,000 Globally
Bitcoin ATMs Hits 4,000 Globally-Why Is It Growing So Fast?
Is Bitcoin Building Support Above $3,500
Is Bitcoin Building Support Above $3,500?
Belarus Allows Traders To Buy Shares With Bitcoin
Belarus Allows Traders To Buy Shares With Bitcoin
10 Marketing Trends To Watch In 2019
10 Marketing Trends To Watch In 2019
40+ Video Marketing Statistics For 2019
40+ Video Marketing Statistics For 2019 [Infographic]
Emerging Email Marketing Trends To Survive 2019 And Beyond
Emerging Email Marketing Trends To Survive 2019 And Beyond [Infographic]
Visual Trends To Be Aware Of In 2019
Visual Trends To Be Aware Of In 2019 [Infographic]
The Latest Social Media Automation Rules In 2019
The Latest Social Media Automation Rules In 2019
4 Tips To Help You With The Constant Changes In Social Media
4 Tips To Help You With The Constant Changes In Social Media
Instagram's Testing Side-Scrolling Feed View, Similar To Stories
Instagram’s Testing Side-Scrolling Feed View, Similar To Stories
The 10 Best Instagram Tools For 2019
The 10 Best Instagram Tools For 2019
What Is Your Therapist Listening For
What Is Your Therapist Listening For?
Wish You Were Smarter
Wish You Were Smarter? These 4 Brain Hacks Can Help You Get There
Weightlifting Less Than An Hour Per Week Could Increase Your Longevity
Weightlifting Less Than An Hour Per Week Could Increase Your Longevity
Your Environment May Affect Your Eyes More Than You Realize
Your Environment May Affect Your Eyes More Than You Realize
Trump's Plan To End Shutdown Falls Flat
Trump’s Plan To End Shutdown Falls Flat [Video]
Thailand Signals Shift In Refugee Policy After Rahaf Mohammed
Thailand Signals Shift In Refugee Policy After Rahaf Mohammed [Video]
Brexit Plans In Chaos After UK Parliament Rejects Proposal
Brexit Plans In Chaos After UK Parliament Rejects Proposal [Video]
Coming To Canada 'Worth The Risk,' Says Saudi Teen Refugee
Coming To Canada ‘Worth The Risk,’ Says Saudi Teen Refugee [Video]