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SWS: Majority believe cops into illegal drugs, EJKs

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Manila - Majority of Filipinos believe that cops are involved in illegal drug trade, extra-judicial killings of suspected drug personalit­ies, and planting of evidence against drug trade suspects, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The December 16 to 19 poll found that 68 percent believed accusation­s about some policemen’s involvemen­t in illegal drug trade, 66 percent about cops’ involvemen­t in extra-judicial killings of alleged drug suspects, and 58 percent about police’s planting of evidence against arrested drug suspects.

Sixty-eight percent of Filipino adults said it was “definitely or probably true” that policemen are involved in the illegal drug trade, while five percent said it was “definitely or probably not true.”

SWS stressed that 66 percent believed that it was “definitely or probably true” that policemen are involved in the extra-judicial killings of alleged drug offenders, while five percent said it was “definitely or probably not true.”

The survey also found that 58 percent of Filipinos believed it was “definitely or probably true” that cops often plant evidence against suspects they arrest, while nine percent said it was “definitely or probably not true.”

The same survey revealed that 28 percent of Filipinos are not buying the claim of responding police officers that suspected drug offenders killed during anti-drug operations resisted arrest.

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