MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday urged the public to "express outrage" over a 24-hour police operation that killed 32 drug suspects in Bulacan province.
"Ito [ay] isang bagay na kailangan mag-express tayo ng outrage. Hindi naman tayo ganyan eh. Hindi tayo ito," Robredo said in a chance interview.
"Yung culture of impunity, matagal na nating isinikwal. Sana hindi na natin papayagang makabalik pa."
(This is something we need to be outraged about. We are not like that. This is not us. We have long condemned the culture of impunity. Let us not allow it to return.)
Robredo's statement stands in stark contrast to that of President Rodrigo Duterte, who hailed Tuesday the bloody raids in Bulacan.
"Maganda iyon," Duterte said of the police efforts that tallied the highest number of drug suspects killed in a day.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos earlier said that, as a matter of procedure, the police Internal Affairs Service will probe the controversial anti-drug operations.
The Duterte administration has many times defended its drug war against critics, saying reported figures -- from 7,000 to 9,000 -- were overblown.
Recent PNP data show that a total of 3,451 drug personalities were killed in anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to July 26, 2017.
The PNP has also determined that out of the 12,833 homicide cases from July 1, 2016 to June 16, 2017, 2,098 deaths were drug-related and 2,535 not drug-related. A total of 8,200 homicide cases were under investigation "with motives to be determined," the PNP said.
-- With reports from Mylce Mella, ABS-CBN News