11 drug dealers killed, 45 others nabbed in Bulacan

Human rights groups might be up in arms again about an overnight drug operation which left over 30 people dead, but President Rodrigo Duterte is all praises for the policemen who carried out the raid.

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella issued the statement a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said the Bulacan raid was a great development.

Government figures show that since Duterte took office a year ago up to 26 July, a total of 3,451 "drug personalities" have been killed in police operations.

Thousands of people have been killed in the anti-drugs campaign, Duterte's signature policy, since it was launched on June 30 past year, most users and small-time dealers from poor neighborhoods.

"If we could kill another 32 everyday, then maybe we can reduce what ails this country".

The war on drugs has been active in the country ever since Duterte came to power in June 2016.

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"We know we have done nothing wrong", Caramat said.

A total of 359 plastic sachets of suspected "shabu" weighing 235.0792 grams; 765 grams of marijuana leaves; two grenades: 33 assorted firearms; and 112 pieces of ammunition were recovered and confiscated in the 50 buy-bust operations, serving of 15 search warrants and two police checkpoint operations, he said.

Joel Napoleon Coronel, director of Manila Police District, told reporters the 14 were killed in sting operations and 11 other deaths were robbers who were also involved in narcotics. "While Indonesian authorities have a duty to respond to increasing rates of drug use in the country, shooting people on sight is never a solution", said Usman Hamid, Director of Amnesty International Indonesia, Reuters reported on August 16.

Rights groups say such statements are incitements to kill, and Duterte may be orchestrating a crime against humanity.

The President also insisted that he did not make a false promise when he vowed to end the illegal drug trade in three to six months during his campaign in the May 2016 elections.

"And little did I realize that the very agency that I was relying on to protect us from the smuggling of drugs from overseas, was the one importing the drugs". They have also demanded an independent investigation for Duterte's role in the violence.

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