MANILA - A spokesman of the Philippine National Police on Thursday said the deaths of 85 police officers since the start of the Duterte administration's war on drugs prove that drug suspects fight back in anti-drug operations.
Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, PNP spokesperson, said that aside from the 85 cops killed in operations, 204 more were critically wounded since the war on drugs began.
"May datos din po tayo sa mga di nanlaban. Majority of the police operations kung saan merong drug suspects na napatay, majority po ay nanlaban at dumedepensa lang ang ating mga pulis," he told DZMM Thursday.
(We also have data on those who did not fight back in the anti-drug operations. Majority of the operations where a suspect was killed is just a result of violent resistance to arrest and the police are just defending themselves.)
Carlos added that the PNP's Internal Affairs Services has been conducting probe on "nanlaban" cases and it showed that a lot of these incidents are a result of suspects who are violently resisting arrest.
A recent Social Weather Survey (SWS) shows 54 percent of Filipinos agree with the test statement: "Marami sa mga pinatay ng mga pulis sa kampanya laban sa ilegal na droga ay hindi totoong nanlaban sa pulis."
(Many of those killed by the police in the anti-drug campaign did not really fight police.)
Of the 54 percent, 20 percent "strongly agree" to the statement; 25 percent were undecided while the remaining 20 percent disagreed.
Carlos said the negative perception on their anti-drug operations remains a challenge for the PNP to provide the right information to the Filipinos.