Philippines: Bloody crime war a success
THE bloody crime war that has claimed nearly 3000 lives in the Philippines in just two months was dubbed a “success” yesterday by a spokesperson for controversial President Rodrigo Duterte.
Martin Andanar insisted many of those slain have been killed in “gang wars” and not by shadowy vigilantes encouraged by the president, as critics have alleged.
Mr Duterte, who took office in June after winning election on a promise to kill tens of thousands of criminals, has vowed to press his campaign, despite growing international criticism.
“The police operations are a success. But there have also been gang wars or internecine [conflicts] where they eliminate each other,” Mr Andanar told reporters.
He said such killings were under investigation by the police.
Mr Andanar was reacting to police reports showing that more than 41 people were being killed each day under the Duterte administration’s anticrime campaign.
By the end of last week, at least 1466 people have been killed by police in anti-drug operations since Mr Duterte took office, police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said.
Another 1490 are classified as “deaths under investigation” referring to people murdered in suspicious circumstances, many of them shot by suspected vigilantes or criminals.
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