Sources report that on Tuesday, 32 suspected drug dealers were killed in shootouts across a province in the Philippines. In addition, 107 persons were arrested. President Trump has in the past congratulated the Philippine President for his aggressive handling of the drug problem, but has not yet commented on the Tuesday events.
“I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” remarked Trump in a phone call according to CNBC. “Many countries have the problem, we have the problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”
Although he has not taken his own efforts to such extreme levels, President Trump has also vowed to reduce drug crime in the United States. Just recently, Donald Trump declared a state of emergency over the opioid crisis. And aside from vowing to reduce crime, President Trump has also declared a war on American street gangs, and is taking unprecedented steps to stop them.
Police conducted 66 buy-bust operations, which occur when police officers attempt to buy illegal drugs from a suspected dealer. All buy-bust operations took place in the province of Bulacan, located just north of the capital, Manila. Twenty of the operations resulted in an armed encounter.
All of the deaths fit into a troubling trend within a region that is increasingly plagued with drug violence. As a consequence, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has since 2016 underwent an aggressive assault on drugs in his country, which has resulted in the death of over 3,400 drug dealers and users. The number dead on Tuesday is the highest the province has ever seen in a single day.
It seems that the Philippines have an uncontrollable problem. Prior to Tuesday’s police operation, the Bulacan provincial police revealed that at least 14 drug suspects died in isolated police operations this month alone. In July, at least 18 were recorded dead in drug-related operations. The country seems to be losing their war on drugs, despite a high amount of deaths, and even Duterte’s own administration remarks that they are unable to control the drug problem.
International human rights groups claim that more than 9,000 people have died as a result of the drug war in this province.
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