PNP: 4 drug-related deaths daily

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PNP admits majority of the people killed daily from May 10 to June 3 was street-level peddlers and users.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Four drug suspects are killed every day in police operations based on the latest data of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

From June 27 to July 3, PNP data show 31 drug suspects were killed nationwide. Meanwhile, from May 10 up to July 3, a total of 103 were killed during police operations.

Central Luzon (Region 3), Calabarzon (Region 4-A), and MIMAROPA (Region 4-B) recorded the highest number of fatalities.

In Metro Manila, PNP Spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said only six illegal drug suspects had been killed since May 10 to July 3, even if deaths are being reported almost every day.

"Kung meron pong hindi, nagiging late report. Kino-correct naman po natin kung meron pong bilang na hindi po nai-report as of last week," Carlos said.

[Translation: "If a case is not reported, a late report issued. We update the data if there are backlogs in the reports."] 

The PNP admitted majority of the people killed was street-level pushers and users.

"These are operations of our lower units by our police stations. So, 'yung mga operations in that level, normally talagang mas marami ang street-level," Carlos said.

[Translation: "These are operations of our lower units by our police stations. So, as far as operations in that level are concerned, street-level drug peddlers and users are usually killed."] 

But for high-value targets, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) plans to deploy 10 tracking teams to arrest drug lords and dismantle syndicates – a scheme dubbed as Oplan Double Barrel.

Each tracking team will concentrate on one high profile drug personality at a time.

The police expressed confidence with Oplan Double Barrel they could significantly curb drug-related crimes in three to six months -- as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte.