Drug-related deaths reach 1,000: ABS-CBN research data

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 12 2016 06:06 PM

Human rights advocates condemn extra judicial killing during a mass at the Redemptorist Church in Paranaque. Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA – There have been 1,000 drug-related fatalities in a period of 95 days, data gathered by ABS-CBN News show, amid the intense illegal drugs crackdown of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group's monitoring from May 10 to August 12, 3 p.m showed that the drug war toll has reached a thousand since Duterte won the presidency. 

MAP, CHARTS: The Death Toll of the War on Drugs

Data showed that 598 (60%) of the killings were attributed to police operations. Some 311 (31%) people, meanwhile, were killed by unidentified assailants. Ninety-one bodies (9%) were found away from the crime scene.

Authorities usually claim suspects killed in police operations shot it out with anti-narcotics cops. 

ABS-CBN News started recording drug-related deaths on May 10, a day after the presidential election which showed Duterte gaining a commanding lead against his rivals.

Duterte officially became president on June 30.

Human rights advocates have been raising the alarm over the spate of killings since Duterte declared war against drug sellers and users. 

But the tough-talking president has been defiant, saying it is his job to rid the country of the drug menace.

Philippine police officials are set to face a Senate inquiry as doubts are now being cast over the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations.

ABS-CBN's monitoring reveals that at least 6 people are being killed in police operations every day. 

Below is the breakdown of the drug-related deaths per region:

NCR (National Capital Region) - 283
Region III (Central Luzon) - 176
Region IV-A (CALABARZON) - 128
Region VII (Central Visayas) - 125
Region I (Ilocos Region) - 69
Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) - 29
Region V (Bicol Region) - 29
Region XI (Davao Region) - 24
Region II (Cagayan Valley) - 22
Region XVIII (Negros Island Region) - 21
Region X (Northern Mindanao) - 21
Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) - 18
Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) - 17
CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) - 17
Region XIII (Caraga) - 11
Region VI (Western Visayas) - 7
Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) - 3