More than 5,800 killed amid war on drugs: PNP

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2016 09:50 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2016 11:59 PM

14 killed overnight in Metro Manila

A total of 5,882 people have been killed across the country since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his war on illegal drugs, latest data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.

Data culled by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group showed that 2,041 drug suspects were killed by police under "Project Double Barrel" from July 1 to December 6, 2016.

Meanwhile, 3,841 were "murdered outside police operations" from July 1 to November 30, according to the PNP data.

According to the PNP, "deaths under investigation" are "murder cases outside police operations," regardless of the motive, that have yet to be "cleared or solved."

Of this figure, 95 percent are civilians while the rest are government employees (2 percent), elected government officials (2 percent), police personnel (1 percent), and military personnel (1 personnel), it said.

An average of 25 victims were killed daily during the five-month period, not counting the alleged drug suspects killed in the war on drugs.

On Monday night alone, at least 14 people were killed during separate shooting incidents and police operations in Metro Manila.

Of this number, 11 were gunned down in Makati City, Pasay City, Pasig City, Caloocan City, Malabon City, and Quezon City.

Three suspected members of the so-called Cyril Group were also killed during a police buy-bust operation under the Jones Bridge in Binondo, Manila.

A special report by Reuters said the kill ratio in the Philippines is much higher than in countries with comparable drug-related violence.

It said police kill 97 percent of those they shoot, leaving 33 dead for every person wounded.

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Chito Gascon has also expressed alarm at the number of drug-related casualties breaching the 5,000 mark, which he said was higher than the deaths recorded during the first years of Martial Law.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, however, told Gascon to check his figures before speaking.

But last October, Duterte himself said the country could expect about 20,000 or 30,000 more deaths in his administration's bloody war on drugs.

During his campaign for the presidency, he also said 100,000 people would die when he launches his war on crime. - with reports from Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News; ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group