MANILA, Philippines – While admitting that the illegal drugs problem in the country is still a ‘work in progress’, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa claimed the 2,500 cases of ‘death under investigation’ have been resolved.
The term ‘death under investigation’ (DUI) refers to what the media described as victims of extrajudicial killings (EJK) under the administration’s war-on-drugs. It has never been used before by the PNP until after the Duterte launched his bloody campaign against illegal drugs.
During a media briefing on Tuesday, Dela Rosa was asked on the updates of these cases.
“Meron tayo na-resolve na mga kaso. Around 2,500 at napatunayan not all of these cases ay drug related,” he replied.
[We resolved many cases already. Around 2,500 and it was found out not all of these cases are drug related.]
The PNP chief also assured the public his men will be more cautious as they resumed their active role in the government’s anti-illegal drugs operations alongside the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agencey (PDEA).
However, he conceded the campaign is still a work in progress when asked by reporter if it has become ‘hopeless’.
“It’s a work in progress. Let us not lose hope,” assured Dela Rosa.