Duterte lauds bloody Bulacan drug raids

Cheryl Sanders
August 16, 2017

Thirteen other people were also shot along with Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. of Ozamiz city in the anti-drug crackdown on 30 July.

On Saturday, seven members of the police department in suburban Navotas City in Metro Manila were arrested for allegedly extorting $2,000 from the family of a drug suspect.

Philippine police killed 32 people in one night this week in a series of raids near the capital Manila, in what's being considered the bloodiest night of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

"If we could kill another 32 everyday, then maybe we can reduce what ails this country".

Caramat said the operations they conducted were legal and that they prepared for over a month before executing the anti-drug sweep.

Police have killed 3,450 people in similar drug raids since Duterte came to office in the middle of a year ago, according to government data.

Thousands of people have been killed in the anti-drugs campaign, Duterte's signature policy, since it was launched on June 30 a year ago, most users and small-time dealers from poor neighbourhoods.

Local and global human rights groups claim more than 9,000 have died as a result of the drug war's alleged extrajudicial killings, which the government has denied.

Human rights groups report a higher toll and demand an independent investigation into Duterte's possible role in the violence.

"These shabu (methamphetamine) and drugs, etcetera, can not be solved by one man, for a president, for one term", he said in his southern home city of Davao on Friday.

Thousands have been killed since Duterte launched his controversial war on drugs in 2016. "This is where we will tally how many we have arrested, and the result of our one day operation", Camarat added.

"And little did I realise that the very agency that I was relying on to protect us from the smuggling of drugs from overseas, was the one importing the drugs".

He again vowed to pardon police if they were found guilty of murder for killing while fighting his drug war.

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