The dead in the war against drugs in the Philippines rise to 4,948

The dead in the war against drugs in the Philippines rise to 4,948

Suspects of drug trafficking or consumption killed in police raids in the Philippines totaled 4,948 through September, according to the latest official data on the results of the anti-narcotics campaign promoted by President Rodrigo Duterte.

These are the figures included in the latest report of the #RealNumbers government initiative, from July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018, which seeks to report transparently on the results of the anti-drug war.

However, human rights organizations and independent journalists who follow the campaign accuse the police of manipulating the data and consider the official count too low.

According to the latest #RealNumbers report, up to September there have been 110,395 anti-drug operations, 158,424 suspects have been arrested – among them 582 government officials – and seized drugs and equipment for their manufacture worth 25,000 million pesos (464 million of dollars or 405 million euros).

More than 1,000 kilos of shabu, a highly consumed methamphetamine in the Philippines, were also confiscated and smuggled and 410 kilos were being manufactured in the country, in addition to dismantling 255 clandestine laboratories in which drugs were processed.

The government claims that more than 1.3 million drug users have turned themselves in to the police and that more than 8,700 neighborhoods or "barangays" (the smallest administrative division in the Philippines) are now drug-free.

Organizations such as Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International raise the death toll from the war on drugs to between 15,000 and 20,000 due to the climate of impunity for the campaign, which also includes "vigilantes" or armed neighborhood groups.


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