Families of killed suspects cries foul play, claiming police deliberately killed their family despite their plea to spare their lives.
A man named Wilson Castillo was among the ones killed but his family claimed he is neither a user nor a pusher. According to his uncle, he was just probably mistaken as a drug peddler.
"Yung pong ating one-time bigtime drug operation na kinonduct, unfortunately po na may casualty. Na-neutralize natin ang mga suspect, yun po yung resulta sa kanilang paglaban sa mga operatiba po ng MPD,"said Supt. Erwin Margarejo, PIO of Manila Police District (MPD).
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa also came in defense to the criticized MPD.
"Magtataka kayo kung patay lahat, e kaso maraming buhay na nahuli eh, so namamatay yung lumaban lang talaga. Wala man tayong instruction sa mga tao natin, 'pumatay kayo ng pumatay'. Gusto nyo pulis ang mamamatay palagi pag may operation?"
"Hindi tayo nagrerelax, maybe may time lang siguro na nakafocus tayo sa ibang bagay," he added.
MPD is open to any investigation.
On the second night of police operation, 28 people killed overnight in Manila while 32 deaths were recorded in a simultaneous police raids in Bulacan.
Supt. Erwin Margarejo, spokesperson for the Manila Police District stated that the operation described as "one-time-bigtime" was conducted to massively reduce the widespread illegal drug trade in the country's capital.
Similar operations were also conducted in Central Market area, Malate, Moriones, Sampaloc, Santa Ana, Pandacan and Ermita districts.
Included in the death toll were 11 suspects who were involved in roberry.
President Rodrigo Duterte lauded the law enforcers and stated that the deaths of 32 drug suspects killed in Bulacan was 'good'.
"Thirty-two were killed in a massive raid in Bulacan. That is good," he said. "If we could kill 32 every day, then maybe we could reduce what ails this country," he said.
Duterte also stated this recent incident of massive deaths can trigger the infamous human rights advocates but clarified to the public that the killings were never planned because if it was, the police involved will only face legal problems.
He also mentioned that some people just refuse to accept that this drug-drowning country of the Philippines is a massive problem growing continuosly.
"Those fools, they say it can’t be done. They said, ‘He can’t do it.’ What if you were in my place? I who ordered the killing couldn’t do it, how much more you?" Duterte exclaimed.
"Let’s not have drama here. You will be far worse than what we have now," he added.
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