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Govt suffers 38 killed, 85 wounded in war on drugs - PNP

Police conduct Oplan Tokhang in a Manila community. (AFP file)
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MANILA, Philippines -- Government forces suffered 38 deaths and 85 more have been wounded in the war on drugs, the Philippine National Police said Wednesday.

Figures released by the PNP National Anti-Illegal Drugs Monitoring Center showed that, since July 1 last year to 6 a.m. of January 10, 35 personnel were killed and 77 have been wounded. Three soldiers also died and eight were wounded over this period.

But PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos told reporters in Camp Crame that 13 of the police fatalities and 66 of the wounded are still subject to validation.

In contrast, various counts place the number of deaths attributed to the war on drugs at over 6,000 since July 1.

The PNP has acknowledged killing 2,219 drug suspects and arresting 44,498 others in 41,271 operations. However, it maintains that of the more than 4,000 other deaths, mostly from drive-by shootings or vigilante-style executions, only about a third can be considered drug-related.

The NAIMC said 6,215,269 houses have been visited under Oplan Tokhang, the PNP’s house-to-house campaign to convince drug users and pushers to surrender, with 1,023,031 suspects convinced to give up --  947,535 of them users and 75,554 pushers.