Philippines says 8,000 police punished over drug killings

Philippines says 8,000 police punished over drug killings

Undersecretary Severo Catura, executive director of the Presidential Human Rights Committee secretariat, gestures as he listens to questions from reporters during a news conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. (AP photo)
Undersecretary Severo Catura, executive director of the Presidential Human Rights Committee secretariat, gestures as he listens to questions from reporters during a news conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. (AP photo)

MANILA: A Philippine official says thousands of police officers have received administrative punishments, and more than 2,000 were dismissed, for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed.

Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael Banaag told a news conference Thursday that 14,724 policemen were investigated for their involvement in police drug operations that led to deaths from July 2016 until last April. She said 7,867 of them received unspecified administrative punishments while 2,367 were fired.

Thousands of drug suspects have been killed in raids carried out by the police since President Rodrigo Duterte declared war on narcotics after he was elected in 2016 .


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