8 april 2021

Drug war logs 186 killings in first quarter of the year amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Nixcharl C. Noriega

As the country grapples with record high numbers in COVID-19 cases that have forced the government to extend the highly-restrictive lockdown in the”NCR Plus” area, drug-related killings have not abated, reaching 186 in the first three months of this year.

That’s a striking 44% increase from the last quarter of 2020. Or almost two deaths a day.

7 february 2021

The PNP Chiefs’ Scorecard on the War on Drugs; “Bato” Tops in the Number of Kills

Nixcharl C. Noriega and Jamaica Jian G. Gacoscosim

Since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016, five PNP chiefs have taken their turn in leading Duterte’s war on illegal drugs: Dela Rosa, Oscar David Albayalde, Archie Francisco Gamboa, Camilo Cascolan, and Debold Sinas.  Each PNP chief made his own calculations on how best to conduct Duterte’s war on drugs. What remains clear is that, based on our data, the number of minor players (pushers and users) killed far outnumbers those designated as high-value targets. The ratio stands at 1:5.

18 November 2020

Barangay officials, the drug war’s hidden fatalities

Jamaica Jian G. Gacoscosim and Nixcharl C. Noriega

Last November 5, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency released to the public their most recent figures on the government’s war on drugs covering the period July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2020. PDEA’s Real Numbers peg the drug war deaths for the said period at 5,903. The data includes a tally of government workers arrested in anti-drug operations: 438 government employees, 356 elected officials, and 102 uniformed personnel.

PDEA fails to mention that government workers, barangay officials in particular, were also getting killed in the administration’s anti-drug campaign

18 May 2020

No let up in ‘Tokhang’ even during lockdown

Jamaica Jian G. Gacoscosim and Nixcharl C. Noriega

Even with the national police efforts concentrated at enforcing quarantine protocols, the number of drug-related killings belies the police’s assertion of a pause in Tokhang in a time of a public health crisis. The police and vigilantes did not cease in hunting down drug suspects.
There have been 53 drug-related killings since Metro Manila was put under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on March 15.