13 suspected drug dealers 'killed by police in Philippines'

13 suspected drug dealers 'killed by police in Philippines'

It is thought more than 100 people were arrested in the raids

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thirteen suspected drug dealers have been killed by police in the Philippines, according to a police chief.

Officers also reportedly arrested more than 100 people yesterday (March 21) in an anti-drugs operation, according to The Guardian.

Today (March 22) police chief Romeo Caramat said there were roughly 60 operations taking place in nine towns in Bulacan.

Around 250 packets of drugs and 19 firearms are said to have been seized by police as a result of the operations.

Caramat said they were "stepped-up campaign against drugs and all other forms of criminality in the province.

"“Unfortunately, 13 of the suspects were killed when our officers fired in self-defence."

Caramat also claimed the suspects had concealed guns and had fired towards the officers.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been cracking down on drugs in the country for more than a year and a half and it is thought more than 4,000 people have died.

It is claimed by opponents of the President and human rights groups that the killing of suspected drug users is widespread, however police claim those who have been killed have acted in a violent manner towards them.