PNP: 35 cops die in anti-drugs war

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By AARON B. RECUENCO

A to­tal of 35 po­lice­men have been killed since the start of the ag­gres­sive anti-drugs war of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion in July last year which pit­ted var­i­ous units of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) against the most money, most in­flu­en­tial, and most dan­ger­ous of drug syn­di­cates in the coun­try.

Se­nior Supt. Dionardo Car­los, PNP spokesman, said the lat­est fig­ures cov­er­ing July 1 to Jan­uary 11 also re­vealed that 77 po­lice­men hav­ing been wounded in var­i­ous op­er­a­tions na­tion­wide. It also showed that these op­er­a­tions re­sulted in the death of 2,221 sus­pected drug push­ers and users.

“This only shows that our anti-il­le­gal drugs cam­paign is very se­ri­ous,” said Car­los.

But Car­los said some of those po­lice fa­tal­i­ties are still sub­ject for val­i­da­tion.

Cru­cial part­ner­ship In Mala­cañang, Pres­i­dent Duterte is seek­ing a cru­cial part­ner­ship with lo­cal govern­ment ex­ec­u­tives on ef­forts to com­bat drugs and crim­i­nal­ity and has­ten re­forms in the coun­try.

Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar stressed the need for co­op­er­a­tion of the lo­cal govern­ment units a day af­ter Pres­i­dent Duterte held a “heart to heart” meet­ing with the coun­try’s may­ors in Mala­cañang last Wed­nes­day.

“Ad­dress­ing the prob­lems in so­ci­ety, the prob­lem of drugs, the prob­lem of ter­ror­ism are not just the job of the po­lice, mil­i­tary and the Pres­i­dent. To has­ten the so­lu­tion of these prob­lems, we also need the help of lo­cal govern­ment ex­ec­u­tives, the may­ors,” An­da­nar said in Filipino dur­ing a ra­dio in­ter­view.

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