MANILA-- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday disproved that there are 7,000 cases of extrajudicial killings (EJKs).
"We just want to disprove 'yung persistent and irritating claim by some sectors that there are 7,000 cases of EJKs," said PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
"Drug lords could be behind attacks against campaign on illegal drugs," he added.
It was noted that since the start of the war on drugs in July 2016 until March 24, 2017, there were 6,011 homicide cases.
However, the PNP said that only 1,398 cases are drug-related.
"Importante masaya ang taumbayan (It's important that people are happy). We are working for the Filipino people, not the foreigners," Dela Rosa said.
"Gusto nila masira yung (They want to destroy the) war on drugs because the war on drugs is the face of the Duterte administration," he added.
For his part, PNP Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (PNP DIDM) chief Director Augusto Marquez said that out of the 6,011 homicide cases, about 23.7 percent are either cleared or solved.
The PNP DIDM maintained that the more than 6,000 homicide cases from July 2016 to March 2017 should not be blamed on the PNP.
Marquez added that the DIDM investigators are still in the "case build-up" stage on the remaining 76 percent of the cases.
Likewise, the DIDM chief noted that 215 policemen were found positive for drugs, which is only 0.12 percent of the strength of the whole PNP.
Source: Philippines News Agency