PNP confirms that 7,000 drug-related deaths is wrong: “We wrote to Rappler so they can correct it, they did nothing”
Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson S/Supt. Dionardo Carlos says that only 1,398 are drug-related cases contrary to what is being mainstreamed as 7,000 extrajudicial killings and/or summary executions related to the anti-war campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“We only have 6,011 homicide cases. These are formerly called DUIs or deaths under investigation,” Carlos says in a mix of English and Filipino during his interview with Thinking Pinoy as posted on the latter’s Facebook page.
“Among these, we have determined that there are only 1,398 cases that are drug-related, so it’s automatically wrong to say that there have been over 7000 EJKs or summary executions,” Carlos added.
PNP reports showed that there are 6,011 homicide cases recorded from July 1, 2016 to March 24, 2017 which accounts for motives and causes that are not only drug-related and includes crimes on property, personal grudges, terrorist groups, and love triangles, as Carlos enumerated.
When asked what measures did the PNP do to correct the erroneous 7,000 figure reported firsthand by Rappler, Carlos said, “when we saw it after the 1st 3 months (of the Duterte administration), we wrote to Rappler so they can correct it... and they did nothing.”
Carlos explained that the PNP issues daily updates and statistical data to media networks, however it came as a surprise to Carlos that Rappler reported on a different figure in which they added the DUI data to the drug-related cases.
“Whenever I give them updates, I myself insert an accompanying note stating Deaths Under Investigation are not automatically extrajudicial killings and these are crimes of murder and/or homicide (that are) still being investigated (on),” Carlos explained.
Rappler had also accused the PNP for inventing the term DUIs when in actuality they are still drug-related cases.
“We didn’t invent the term DUI. It was mentioned in one of the senate inquiries so we adopted it,” Carlos clarified, “all killings that occurred while we’re implementing the campaign aginst drugs are classified as Deaths Under Investigation, but we don’t necessarily say they’re all drug-related, that’s why they’re under investigation.”
Source: Thinking Pinoy
PNP confirms that 7,000 drug-related deaths is wrong: “We wrote to Rappler so they can correct it, they did nothing” Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on May 02, 2017 Rating: