Nearly 8,000 police punished over drug killings: Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A Philippine official said thousands of police officers have received administrative punishments, and more than 2,000 were dismissed, for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed.

Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael Banaag told a news conference yesterday that 14,724 policemen were investigated for their involvement in police drug operations that led to deaths from July 2016 until last April. She said 7,867 of them received unspecified administrative punishments while 2,367 were fired.

Thousands of drug suspects have been killed in raids carried out by the police since President Rodrigo Duterte declared war on narcotics after he was elected in 2016.

Presidential Communications Operations Office, Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael Banaag explains a presentation during a news conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. – AP