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Palace: Police will probe bloody Bulacan drug raids

Palace: Police will probe bloody Bulacan drug raids Palace: Police will probe bloody Bulacan drug raids
Christy Curtis | 17 August, 2017, 01:12

Philippine police reportedly kill 32 people anti-drug operations near Manila, the northern province of the capital.

Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat, the Bulacan police chief, reported that those slain battled it out with the lawmen instead of surrendering in the province-wide raids that started on Monday.

In the span of 24 hours, 32 lay dead, and 107 were arrested after Bulacan police conducted a "one-time big-time" drug operation.

A total of 359 sachets of shabu weighing about 235.0792 grams; 765 grams of marijuana leaves; two grenades; 33 assorted firearms and several ammunitions were recovered.

"These shocking deaths are a reminder that President Duterte's lawless "war on drugs" continues unabated and actually appears to be plumbing new depths of barbarity, with police routinely gunning down suspects, violating the key right to life and completely flouting due process". Thirteen other people were also shot along with Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. of Ozamiz city in the anti-drug crackdown on 30 July. Another 8,200 homicide cases were under investigation, police said. "If we could kill another 32..."

The president has denied endorsing extrajudicial killings but has vowed to kill drug pushers who destroy the Filipino youth.

Police said the suspects had offered armed resistance against arresting officers.

He pledged to resign after six months if he had not fixed the drug problem, but later backed away from that promise. The agents, they said, had "no other choice" than to kill them.

The intensity of the crackdown has alarmed the worldwide community, and activists and human rights groups say police have been executing suspects and planting drugs and guns at crime scenes.

Having continued for one year and been marked by heavy state violence, Duterte's "war on drugs" has been heavily criticized by various global organizations which allege that the President has severely violated human rights.

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