Gov’t doesn’t condone EJKs — DDB chief

MANILA-- "Government does not condone EJKs (extra-judicial killings)."

This was stressed by Dangerous Drugs Board chairman Secretary Benjamin Reyes during his presentation of the drug situation in the country in the two-day policy forum on drug issues and different perspectives at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City on Friday.

"No EJKs because the government does not condone EJKs," Reyes said.

During his presentation, Reyes noted that for the period from July 1, 2016 to April 20, 2017, out of the 4 million drug users, which was below 5.2 percent of the world prevalence, there were 1.2 million drug suspects who voluntarily surrendered, 88,940 others were arrested which resulted in a 28.57 percent crime reduction.

For the same period, Reyes said, out of the 53,503 drug operations, 2,692 died during the anti-drug operations.

The rest were reported deaths, which were considered as homicide cases because the perpetrators would be pursued.

The DDB chief, noted that since the Duterte administration assumed in July 2016 and up to April 20, 2017, there were 9,432 homicide cases, 1,847 of which were drug-related and already investigated by the government such that another 1,594 were non-drug related.

Reyes pointed out that 5,691 homicide cases were still under investigation as of today.

During the conduct of the drug operations for the same period, there were 35 deaths on the part of the Philippine National Police (PNP), 87 other officers were wounded.

Likewise, there were 3 deaths on the part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and 20 soldiers were wounded.

Source: Philippines News Agency