No drug suspects slain in 24 hours – PNP
Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - March 18, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Police anti-drug operations have been less bloody, with no reports of suspects getting killed by lawmen in the whole country from Thursday until yesterday morning.

A total of 28 drug suspects were killed in 979 police operations nationwide since the Philippine National Police (PNP) launched its “Project Double Barrel: Reloaded” campaign last week. It was the same figure recorded by the police as of 6 p.m. Thursday.

Officials had stressed the campaign against illegal drugs would be less bloody for as long as the targets surrender peacefully.

However, policemen will not hesitate to kill drug suspects if they fight back, officials said.

“If they fought back and engaged our police in a shootout, we have no choice but to protect ourselves,” said Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, director of the PNP Directorate for Operations.

A majority of those killed were in Central Luzon with 16 followed by Central Visayas with five, Calabarzon with two and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with two. Northern Luzon and Zamboanga peninsula regions and Metro Manila had one fatality each.

Two lawmen were wounded since the PNP resumed its war on illegal drugs.

Central Luzon Police director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino said they are always prepared for armed encounters that might occur during drug sting operations.

“I keep reminding our men on the rule of law and police operation procedures. We are always open to investigation if needed,” Aquino said.

The number of people with alleged links to illegal drugs arrested by lawmen has increased, from 1,341 on Thursday to 1,577 by Friday.

Meanwhile, 4,679 suspected drug pushers and users have surrendered under Oplan Tokhang 2 where the police visited 55,087 houses since March 6.

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE
Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
  • Trending
Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.