MANILA, Philippines — Roughly 2,098 administrative instances associated to the controversial “drug warfare” have been filed in opposition to officers and non-uniformed personnel of the Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) from July 1, 2016, to November 16 this 12 months.
PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo disclosed this Friday, including that the complaints resulted within the dismissal of kind of 554 PNP personnel, and the demotion and suspension of others.
“From July 1, 2016, to November 16, 2022, the PNP took cognizance of kind of 2,098 instances and from that quantity, there are kind of 554 PNP personnel that have been dismissed from the PNP service. There have been these demoted, there have been these suspended,” she instructed INQUIRER.web in a cellphone interview.
“Kasama na rin po diyan iyong nag-positive sa drug use at na-involve sa unlawful drug actions (That additionally consists of those that examined constructive for drug use and those that have been concerned in unlawful drug actions),” she defined.
She mentioned these figures have been drawn from the PNP’s automated evaluation of police anti-drug operations, together with people who resulted in deaths.
“The PNP is periodically conducting evaluation, analysis and evaluation with respect to the way of execution – to harmonize if there are some police methods that must be improved, in order that we are able to enhance the way during which we conduct our operations,” Fajardo identified.
The PNP spokesperson’s comment got here after a court docket convicted Caloocan law enforcement officials Jefrey Perez and Ricky Arquilita, who had been charged for homicide, torture, and planting of proof within the 2017 deaths of Carl Arnaiz, 19, and Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman, 14.
The Caloocan Metropolis court docket’s ruling is the second felony conviction of law enforcement officials concerned in former President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal warfare on medicine. The primary was in 2018, when law enforcement officials Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda, and Jerwin Cruz have been discovered answerable for the homicide of 17-year-old highschool pupil Kian delos Santos.
The administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has continued Duterte’s bloody drug warfare with the PNP recording a complete of 46 deaths linked to the police’s anti-drug operations since June 30.
Whereas a human rights group claimed that the determine was an underreporting of the particular knowledge on drug warfare casualties since Marcos assumed the presidency, Fajardo mentioned the PNP stands by this quantity as these have been gathered from their police workplaces throughout the nation.
“We don’t know what their sources are, who their sources are however on the a part of the PNP, we simply report what’s being reported by our line models,” she added.
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