MANILA — At a “Real Numbers” forum held on Tuesday, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) and the PNP Investigation and Detective Management refuted data that have been circulating and casting doubts on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
Among which are the data being used by the international and local media on the real number of extrajudicial killings in the country. The data purportedly showed that the death toll on the anti-illegal drugs war is now at 9,000.
Based on PNP data, the number of deaths from drug war operations is only at more than 2,000. PNP claims that the media may have included the homicide cases in the total death toll.
“As for the definition of EJK, what happens is everyone getting killed is being referred as extrajudicial killings. EJK, pursuant to Administrative Order 35 refers to death involving media personalities. The deaths must be work-related,” PNP DIDM PDir. Augusto Marquez said.
Alongside the anti-illegal drugs campaign, there has been a drop in the number of crime in the country within President Duterte’s first eight months in office.
The PCO said this number proves the government’s anti-drug campaign is effective.
“Fight false numbers by spreading the real numbers,” Sec. Martin Andanar said.
The real and factual data on the government undertakings against illegal drugs can be seen on the Philippine Information Agency’s website. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
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