A total of 59 police officers have been fired for various infractions linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs, a spokesman of the Philippine National Police said Friday.
PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Bong Durana Jr. said a total of 3,275 police personnel have been slapped with administrative cases for anti-illegal drug operations from July 1, 2016 to July 31, 2018. Of this number, 778 police officers have been exonerated while 2,438 cases have been dismissed.
Durana said 65 percent of police personnel who were dismissed or penalized have ranks ranging from PO1 to PO3. "Seventy-five percent or 3/4ths of those involved are those of lower ranks," he said.
Durana confirmed that none of the so-called narco generals identified by President Duterte have been dismissed as a result of charges linked to the drug war. However, he said one general has been dismissed for charges not related to drugs.
Law enforcers conducted 105,658 anti-drug operations over a two-year period, leading to the arrests of 152,123 drug personalities.
A total of 4,410 drug personalities died in the operations, according to data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.