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Majority of the 19 incidents of extra-judicial killings in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, since 2016 up to January this year, are drug-related, the Commission on Human Rights said yesterday.
CHR provincial chief Romeo Baldevarona said yesterday that in the absence of complainants, they are just documenting the cases of extra-judicial killings, for future references.
The implementation of Oplan Double Barrel and Tokhang of the Philippine National Police has been blamed for the increasing number of extra-judicial killings in the country, with victims reported to have been involved in the illegal drug trade.
Close to 30,000 surrender in NIR
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Oplan Double Barrel and Tokhang campaign of the police in Negros Island Region may have been temporarily stopped, but this initially already resulted in the surrender of almost 30,000 drug personalities, and the arrest of 1,128 others.
In seven months, since July last year, the Police Regional Office 18 recorded 29,011 drug surrenderors, with 1,128 others had been arrested, in line with its Oplan Double Barrel campaign.
In the same period, 19 were killed, including a policeman and 18 civilians, PRO 18 records show.
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Majority of shooting cases ‘drug-related’
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Majority of shooting incidents reported in Negros Oriental this year are believed to be related to the illegal drugs problem, Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, the acting provincial director of the Philippine National Police in the province, said.
He said the shooting incidents involved suspected drug personalities as victims while the suspects are usually riding-in-tandem persons whose identities are not known.
He declined to comment when asked if these were extra-judicial killings, but he assured that not one police personnel under his leadership has been involved or accused of being a perpetrator of such crime, contrary to public speculation.