Numbers Are Significant
Well, here are more numbers. In 2014, there have been 15465 reported killings (murder (9945) plus homicide (5520)). This period is way before the drug war of the Duterte Administration. The total killings therefore cited above by the police for a 9-month period, 6011, appear to be significantly lower from the years 2012-2014 under the Aquino administration.
|Above copied from|
The Philippines in Figures 2015, Philippine Statistics Authority
This report examines 24 incidents, resulting in 32 deaths, involving Philippine National Police personnel between October 2016 and January 2017. Human Rights Watch found that the official police reports of these incidents invariably asserted self-defense to justify police killings, contrary to eyewitness accounts that portray the killings as cold-blooded murders of unarmed drug suspects in custody. To bolster their claims, the police routinely planted guns, spent ammunition, and drug packets next to the victims’ bodies. No one has been meaningfully investigated, let alone prosecuted, for these killings.Still, whether the number killed is 7000 or 1398 matters very much. Reporting the number 7000 is fake news and only harms calls for investigating the above 24 incidents simply because half-truths are lies. Only one instance of innacuracy can ruin credibility.