Everyday, we are being bombarded by news reports of extrajudicial killings, particularly by riding-in-tandem. This led to many people worrying on how President Rodrigo Duterte is handling peace and order in the country. However, statistics show that the figure is actually lower than the number of extrajudicial killings during the time of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.
In a lengthy but comprehensive post at Thinking Pinoy this Monday, August 15, the data of extrajudicial killings during the Duterte administration was compared to the data of the PNoy administration. On the first part, it mentioned the so-called Duterte’s Kill List, where as of August 12, there are 601 deaths of suspected drug pushers since June 30, 2016.
The said Kill List is being updated twice a week starting July 2, and some figures were identified as “killed by unknown gunmen in Metro Manila and during police shootout.” Nevertheless, there is no mention on how many extrajudicial killings have occurred during the past administration, so that people can compare if the situation has got worse or not.
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With this, Thinking Pinoy patiently did some research on the data from the PNP (Philippine National Police) when Noynoy Aquino was still the president and Mar Roxas was the Secretary of the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government). However, the data was only from 2010 to 2013, with the PNP’s Oplan Lambat-Sibat being launched in 2014.
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According on the data, 1,819 people were killed by riding-in-tandem in 2010, 2,089 in 2011, and 3,000 in 2013. There was no data for 2012, 2014 and 2015. Thinking Pinoy then noted that based on the Duterte’s Kill List, there were 144 vigilante killings from June 30 to August 12, or the first 44 days of President Duterte, and compared it to the PNP’s data.
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By doing simple math, the PNP data showed 219 deaths in 2010, 251 in 2011, and 361 in 2013, all of which have occurred within the same 44-day period. Therefore, the daily average of extra judicial killings in 2010 is around 4.98, 5.72 in 2011, 8.21 in 2013, and only 3.77 in 2016. Now, is Inquirer only trying to exaggerate the data to hide the truth? Judge for yourself.