MANILA - The death toll in the province-wide simultaneous anti-drug operations in Bulacan has reached 32, police said Wednesday.
Bulacan police chief, Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat said 66 anti-drug operations were conducted in 24 hours, from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday (August 15) to 12:00 a.m. Wednesday (August 16).
The police operations, he said, resulted to 20 armed encounters and 109 arrests of drug suspects. Authorities also recovered P1 million worth of shabu and 34 guns.
The number of drug suspects killed in the one time, big time, province-wide police operations was initially 26, from midnight to around 7:00 in the morning.
Caramat said the operations they conducted were legal and that they prepared for over a month before executing the anti-drug sweep.
"On our part, we know that we've done nothing wrong. But there are some sectors that might investigate us. We are open to any investigation," he said in a press conference.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos earlier said the Internal Affairs Service will conduct an investigation on the big time anti-drug operations.--Report from Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News