PNP expects drug-related deaths to rise further

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Posted at Jun 20 2019 11:20 AM | Updated as of Jun 20 2019 11:53 AM

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MANILA - The Philippine National Police expects the number of drug-related deaths to rise further as President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration continues its war on drugs.

The death toll from drug-related deaths now stands at 6,600, according to data from authorities.

For Etta Rosales, former chairwoman of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, the data from the PNP may be questionable since the institution has credibility issues.

“The numbers are not credible. First of all, you have a problem of being non-transparent and I'm gonna use an institution as a first evidence of this. I've talked to the CHR, the chair, Chito Gascon, said ‘No Etta, up to now they have not given the folders despite the fact that there was already an instruction from the Senate,'” said Rosales.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac defended the conduct of their anti-drug operations, saying they are merely following orders from government officials.

"Following the instructions of Solicitor General, we have provided all of the copies of the reports and folders to the Solicitor General. It is now up to the Solicitor General to take action on it," he said.

He added: "We are under executive department and it has to go thru the Office of the President of course. And we have the Solicitor General as the one representing the PNP. That’s the way we do it at this time.”