PNP: 23 dead in 1st week of renewed drug war

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A member of the PNP-SOCO examines a crime scene (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that 23 people died in police operations in the first week of the revived anti-drug campaign called Oplan Double Barrel: Reloaded.

Of the casualties, 15 are from Central Luzon, two each from Central and Eastern Visayas and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, while one died each from the Zamboanga Peninsula and Metro Manila.

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The PNP provided data to the House Public Order Committee on Tuesday during its briefing on the administration's war on illegal drugs.

When the war on drugs was first implemented in July last year until January 30, the PNP recorded a total of 2,602 deaths during police operations.

Asked how the revived drug war is different from the previous campaign, PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa said Oplan Double Barrel: Reloaded is going to be less bloody--- unless those arrested would fight back.

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He added abusive policemen will no longer be involved in the current drug campaign.

The PNP chief assured the public that extortions will no longer happen.