In­con­sis­tency claims re­jected on #RealNum­bers fig­ures

Mindanao Times - - NATIONAL -

MANILA-- The Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Op­er­a­tions Of­fice (PCOO) on Satur­day re­jected the in­con­sis­tency claims against its re­leased fig­ures on the gov­ern­ment’s cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs, not­ing that the to­tal deaths due to drug op­er­a­tions were 5,489 as of May 2019.

The state­ment came fol­low­ing a re­port by Vera Files, which said Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Assistant Sec­re­tary Maria Rafael-Banaag con­tra­dicted the fig­ures from the #RealNum­bers, the of­fi­cial source of the an­tidrug pro­gram’s data, when she de­nied that tens of thou­sands have been killed in the said gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive.

“Con­trary to Vera Files’ claim that the PCOO has be­come in­con­sis­tent with the #RealNum­bers fig­ures it has been re­leas­ing as com­pared to what has been pub­lished in its Year-End Re­port, the PCOO, PNP, PDEA, and the NBI have, in fact, been con­sis­tent with the fig­ures they have been re­leas­ing since May 2017,” Banaag said in a state­ment.

In the PCOO’s yearend re­port, homi­cide cases un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion were at 16,355 for the pe­riod July 1, 2016 to Septem­ber 30, 2017, while 3,967 drug per­son­al­i­ties died dur­ing anti-il­le­gal drugs op­er­a­tion for the pe­riod July 1, 2016 to Novem­ber 30, 2017.

“We are not con­tract­ing these data, in fact, we have been up­dat­ing these data,” Banaag noted, re­it­er­at­ing that these homi­cide cases un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion are not at all re­lated to the anti-il­le­gal drugs cam­paign.

“Homi­cide cases un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion may have re­sulted out of road rage, land dis­pute, busi­ness ri­valry, fam­ily dis­pute, love tri­an­gle or pol­i­tics,” she pointed out.

“The PCOO did not con­tra­dict any­thing. If any, I only em­pha­sized in my pro­nounce­ments what the gov­ern­ment has been say­ing all along, that the num­bers ex­ter­nal in­sti­tu­tions are quot­ing are com­puted in­ac­cu­rately - skewed to push a cer­tain agenda, and that is to dis­credit the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion, the State, all of us,” she said.

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