Drug war death toll on the rise again

ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group

Posted at Jun 09 2018 05:54 AM

Policemen check a gun recovered from a drug suspect during a buy-bust operation in Tondo, Manila on Friday. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

The number of those killed in the government’s anti-illegal drug operations has risen sharply in the past month—after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde assumed the post on April 20—as monitored by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group.

From 56 fatalities in April, the number of those killed in anti-illegal drug operations nearly doubled to 106 in May based on the group’s monitoring of national and local news sites and releases of the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). The data is as of June 5, 2018. 

The increase is due in large part to the number of drug suspects killed in Bulacan and and Quezon City in the past month, at 37 and 15 fatalities, respectively. 

The 106 people who were killed in anti-illegal drug operations in May 2018 however, is still lower by 17% than the 128 fatalities recorded in May last year.

The number of reported drug-related deaths monitored by ABS-CBN has been following an increasing trend since the start of the year. 

Of the 353 drug-related deaths reported from January to May this year, eight in every 10 (80% or 283 people) were killed in the government’s anti-illegal drug operations. 

The rest were either killed by unidentified assailants (18% or 64) or bodies that were dumped in public places (2% or 6).