Seven killed in Philippine drug raid: Seven people were shot dead in a massive police operation against illegal drug dens in the southern Philippines on Friday, said law-enforcement officials.
The operation involved a raid on 26 houses suspected of selling the illicit drug methamphetamine hydrochloride, popularly called “ice” or “shabu”, which led to the arrest of 36 people including a South Korean national, according to Emerson Rosales, the regional chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The Philippine drug raid was the largest operation this year, involving some 200 police officers and other lawmen, the chief added.
Police seized 13 firearms, various explosives, and illegal drugs in the raid in the major trading city of Davao, Mr Rosales said.
“This part of town is notorious for drug pushers and many of them are armed,” he said.
He also defended the high number of fatalities, claiming the suspects tried to shoot back at police, according to reports.
Police raiding teams were accompanied by representatives from the Justice Department , the local government and major TV broadcasters, and would have noticed if any abuses had taken place, said Chief Inspector Elizabeth Jasmin, who is the area’s police spokeswoman.
In past Philippine drug raid, police have been accused of illegally “rubbing-out” suspects and then claiming they were killed while resisting arrest.
This past July, two police officers were charged for killing two gangsters in their custody while 14 others were charged with attempting to cover up their crime.
“Ice” has become a very popular illicit recreational drug in Asia, particularly among young people.