MANILA - A total of 194 drug suspects have been killed in the intensified campaign of the Duterte administration against illegal drugs.
An average of around 10 persons each day is killed in police operations from July 1 to 19.
Out of the 194, 70 came from the National Capital Region.
According to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director C/Supt. Oscar Albayalde, most of those who were killed resisted arrest and fought back against authorities, as evidenced by the guns recovered in the scene.
“ Caliber .38 and .45, 'yun ang pinaka-common. Caliber .38 maraming paltik diyan eh," he said.
Aside from the 194, authorities also found 37 bodies from July 1 to 17, believed to be victims of summary executions.
"These cases are being investigated, kung sino ang bumaril dito, at para makapag-file din tayo ng kaso kung sino ang gumagawa dito sa extra-judicial killings," said Albayalde.
Given this overwhelming response to crime fighting, the NCRPO Director believes that they can fulfill President Duterte’s timetable to lower crime rate in 3-6 months.
"Walang public outrage no. So, I think the public supports our effort on this campaign. Nakikita natin tumatahimik ang ating kapaligiran, tumatahimik ang ating community. Wala pang nag-complain sa amin na yung kamag-anak niya, he was summarily executed, walang nag-complain ni isa out of the 37,” Albayalde added.
In the recent tally of the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group, a grand total of 486 drug suspects have been killed since May 10; 44 of which were considered to be victims of summary executions.
During its intensified police operations against illegal drugs from July 1-15, the NCRPO has recorded 10 cases of robbery and 22 cases of theft.
The NCRPO Crime Statistics released during a press conference in Camp Crame showed the significant decrease in crime rates, specifically the weekly average of theft and robbery. Motorcycle theft was down to zero.
“Kasi we [had] barely two weeks, kung mapansin natin bumaba ang motorcycle theft. Dati sa QC, araw-araw. Ngayon di kami makapagtala ng isa. Most crimes kasi related sa illegal drugs, especially theft. Magnanakaw ang tao para makabili siya ng pang-drugs niya,” Albayalde said.
On the other hand, because of the rise in the number of alleged victims of summary execution, murder rates have increased from the previous weekly average of 17-19 from 2015 to 2016 to an average of 32 from July 1-15, 2016.