Bato ad­mits drug war killing more poor than rich

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PHILIP­PINE Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa on Mon­day agreed with the re­sult of a So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) sur­vey which shows that poor peo­ple are more likely to be killed in the gov­ern­ment's war on drugs since there are more of them in­volved in the nar­cotics trade.

"To­too na­man ta­laga. Mas maram­ing mahi­rap ang nag­bebenta ng droga kaysa sa maya­man," he said. "You have to un­der­stand the dy­nam­ics of drug pyra­mid. ‘Yung mayaya­man na drug lord, iisa ang drug lord sa taas, pababa ‘yan. ‘Yung pinakam­ababa ‘yung street-push­ing level, puro mahi­rap 'yun."

[Yes it's re­ally true. There are more poor peo­ple sell­ing il­le­gal drugs as com­pared to the rich ones. You have to un­der­stand the

dy­nam­ics of drug pyra­mid. There are only few drug lords who are on top and down to street level they are all poor.]

Ac­cord­ing to the SWS sur­vey con­ducted na­tion­wide from June 23 to 26, 60 per­cent of the 1,200 re­spon­dents agreed, 33 per­cent strongly agree and 27 per­cent some­what agree that poor drug push­ers are more likely to be killed in drugs op­er­a­tions than the rich ones.

Based on the record of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA), a to­tal of 3,800 drug sus­pects were killed while 1,017,156 oth­ers were ar­rested dur­ing the con­duct of over 70,000 anti-il­le­gal drugs op­er­a­tions.

Dela Rosa, how­ever, said that they are also work­ing against the “big fishes” in the il­le­gal drugs in­dus­try. “Bakit mahi­rap ba si Paro­jinog? Mahi­rap ba si Mayor ng Al­buera, Leyte, si Espinosa? Mahi­rap ba yan? Hindi na­man. Kaya nga crit­i­cize ng crit­i­cize hindi na­man natin in­a­an­a­lyze ‘yung data,” he said.

[Is Paro­jinog poor? Is the Espinosa, the former Mayor of Al­buera, Leyte poor? They are not. They are crit­i­ciz­ing with­out an­a­lyz­ing the data.]

Dela Rosa was re­fer­ring to the former Al­buera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and Oza­miz City Mayor Reynaldo Paro­jinog who were both killed af­ter they were named by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte as among the narco-politi­cians.

Espinosa was killed in­side his de­ten­tion at the Bay­bay sub-pro­vin­cial jail while Paro­jinog was killed af­ter they al­legedly en­gaged the au­thor­i­ties in a fire­fight dur­ing a raid in their res­i­dence.

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