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2 cops slain, 3 others wounded since war on drugs resumed - PNP

A policeman at the scene of an anti-drug operation. (Reuters file)

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police said Tuesday it has lost two officers while three others were wounded in the half month since it relaunched its campaign against illegal drugs on March 6.

In this period, figures released by the PNP National Operation Center in Camp Crame showed that 1,594 anti-narcotics operations had been mounted, with 39 drug suspects killed, 22 of them in Central Luzon, and 2,485 arrested, with the Southern Tagalog region accounting for the most, at 498, and Central Visayas not far behind wit 469.

Northern Mindanao accounted for 265 arrests, Central Luzon for 258, Metro Manila for 249, and Western Mindanao, 106.

In late January, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the PNP to suspend its participation in his war on drugs, which had drawn widespread criticism from human rights groups and even foreign governments, over the embarrassing discovery that a gang of law enforcers, working under the cover of an anti-narcotics operation, had abducted and murdered a Korean businessman last October.

However, he suggested that police could resume operations after claiming the suspension of the anti-drug campaign had led to a spike in the supply of narcotics. 

Since July last year, the death toll from the war on drugs is estimated to have breached the 8,000 mark.

 

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