Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

HOUSANDS have been killed in the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s war against il­le­gal drugs and the stan­dard po­lice cat­e­go­riza­tion separates those sup­pos­edly killed in le­git­i­mate en­coun­ters (in Ta­ga­log, “nan­la­ban”) and those who are vic­tims of ex­tra-ju­di­cial killings or killed vig­i­lantestyle). The big­ger num­ber of deaths are of the “nan­la­ban” cat­e­gory.

Now comes the re­sult of the lat­est sur­vey by the So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) con­ducted in June that showed that a ma­jor­ity of Filipinos (54 per­cent) doubt the stan­dard claim by the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) that those killed in the war against drugs re­sisted ar­rest. On top of that, al­most one half of Filipinos (49 per­cent) said that those killed were not drug push­ers.

Note that the sur­vey was con­ducted two months be­fore el­e­ments of thew Caloocan po­lice killed an ap­par­ently in­no­cent mi­nor, Kian Loyd de­los San­tos, in what was claimed as an anti-drug oper­a­tion. That incident

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