- Police compliance on set targets and motivation from incoming president Rodrigo Duterte to prioritize his directed policy are credited for the increase of arrests and kills of drug personnel
- PNP reports that 3,760 suspects have been arrested and 29 have been killed from May 10 to June 15
- Analysts believed that Duterte’s win was based on his promise to eliminate crimes related to illegal drug use and corruption
As the number of drug suspects arrested and killed continue to rise post-May 9 elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) attributed its increased activity to the motivation coming from the tough-talking and crime-busting President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
In a Camp Crame conference on Friday, PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor attributed the increase of drug arrests and kills to two causes – the obedience of the police force units with the regular targets set by the top PNP officials and “the motivation of the incoming President (for the PNP) to focus more on illegal drugs, because that is his policy direction.”
Chief. Supt. Mayor said that 3,760 drug suspects have been arrested and 29 have been killed from May 10 to June 15. Before the election period, the 2015 average for the PNP was 3,480 arrests and nine kills a month or a total of 13,920 arrests and 39 kills from January 1 to May 9.
Many analysts believe that some of the reasons why the outgoing Davao City mayor won the presidential race by a large margin were due to his promises and track record in fighting crime. Davao City is considered as one of the safest cities in the world.
During and after his campaign, Duterte emphasized intensifying the efforts to minimize crime nationwide, particularly crimes related to illegal drug trade and corruption.
He has also given his support to the police force and ordinary citizens to take up arms and arrest criminals with a P5-million bounty for drug lords. The incoming president has even urged people to shoot the criminals if they resist arrest.
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But is the police force intentionally killing the criminals they encounter now during their operations?
“The reason why the suspects were killed is they engaged in a shootout [with] the law enforcers. If we base it on their reports, they followed operational procedures because there is imminent danger on their part,” Mayor explained.