Amid outrage, Philippine opposition presses President Rodrigo Duterte to stop killings

Police killed at least 94 in anti-drug operations this week

Police killed at least 94 in anti-drug operations this week

"This administrative action is a procedural measure to guarantee utmost impartiality in the ongoing investigation by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on the circumstances surrounding the death of Kim Loyd delos Santos", Philippine National Police Senior Supt.

Duterte unleashed a crackdown the day he took office on June 30 past year after a convincing win in an election in which he campaigned heavily on a promise to use deadly force to wipe out crime and drugs.

Delos Santos was described as being a hardworking and studious boy who had no involvement in drugs.

"You had no choice but to confront his death because his narrative was compelling", she said of Mr Delos Santos.

Police said around 3,500 of those were killed in gunfights with drug suspects who had resisted arrest and were shot by officers in self defence.

The Senate minority bloc linked up Monday with the majority bloc of Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III in facing up to the reality that alleged extra judicial killings (EJKs) under the Duterte administration appear to be spinning out of control.

In another part of Manila, hundreds of marching neighbours and activists lit candles near the spot where delos Santos was shot dead during a mass raid that left at least 80 people dead in three days.

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima, a detained critic of Mr Duterte, challenged the President to order the police to stop killing.

According to a February 2017 Amnesty International report, since Duterte took office over a year ago his crackdown has killed over 6000 Filipinos.

He also denied suggestions that killings similar to Kian's are happening because police think it is now state policy to kill addicts.

Early that night, Duterte said he would let the National Bureau of Investigation probe the killing, and vowed that the cops behind the death would rot in jail if found guilty.

He acknowledged, however, that there might be some policemen who might be emboldened to kill because of his promise to protect them. I can not do that because ang organization sa PNP is under me.

The firebrand leader has since changed his tack, capitulating on Monday there could have been abuses in his government's war on drugs, ordering police to take into custody those accused of killing delos Santos.

Dela Rosa said Fajardo was relieved due to command responsibility. They said the president should be held accountable for the deaths.

He said stopping the inflow of shabu from overseas, usually from China, would go a long way in reducing drug dependence in the country.

"Whether or not he was involved in the use or trafficking of illegal drugs, he did not deserve to die in the manner that he did", Lorenzana said in a statement. "They must be made to account for what they have done", Lorenzana said.

Senator Paulo Benigno Aquino said that without the CCTV footage, the case of Delos Santos would have gained no attention.

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