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7 months ago | Nation | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

According to a New York-based human rights group, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has killed 155 drug-related suspects between April and July this year, an increase by 50 percent, despite the lockdown to contain the coronavirus.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the number of killings related to the police anti-illegal drugs operations has been on the rise since last year, from 26 in July to November 2019 to 103 in December 2019 to March 2020.

The Human Rights Watch said the data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) showed more drug-related suspects have died during the time the government had imposed stricter lockdowns than the pre-coronavirus disease (COVID) period.

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