By Michael Bueza
As of January 31, 2017, there have been over 7,000 deaths, both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings.
Exasperated by the illegal drugs menace in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte has waged an all-out campaign against it since he assumed office.
From July 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017, there have been over 7,000 deaths linked to the "war on drugs" – both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings (including deaths under investigation).
Here are the latest numbers based on revised data from the Philippine National Police (PNP). This page will be updated regularly.
total number of people killed in #WarOnDrugs since July 1, 2016
suspected drug personalities killed in police operations, as of January 31, 2017
victims in cases of deaths under investigation, as of January 9, 2017
victims in cases where investigation has concluded, as of January 9, 2017
As of 6 am of September 14, the number of suspects killed in police operations reached 1,506. But during a Senate probe on extrajudicial killings that day, PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa said that after validation by its Directorate for Operations, the figure was corrected to only 1,105 deaths.
'Double Barrel' and 'TokHang'
The PNP calls its campaign against illegal drugs "Oplan Double Barrel." (READ: Warning to drug dealers: PNP has 'double barrel' plan)
Meanwhile, Project "TokHang" – a contraction of "toktok" and "hangyo" (Visayan words for "knock" and "request" respectively) – refers to the strategy of the police nationwide to go house-to-house in their jurisdictions and convince known drug pushers and users to surrender and change their ways.
On October 26, the PNP launched Phase 2 of Oplan Double Barrel. After this, the statistics that the PNP started sending to media were "reset" to zero. For this purpose, figures from Phase 2 of Oplan Double Barrel were added to the final figures of Phase 1 as of October 26.
But on November 2, the PNP returned to its cumulative count.
Data below is as of January 31, 2017, 6 am.
number of police operations conducted
drug personalities arrested
houses visited via Project Tokhang
total number of surrenders in Project Tokhang
- 79,349 pushers
- 1,110,113 users
EJKs, deaths under investigation
The PNP also records reports of extrajudicial, vigilante-style, or unexplained killings. Many of these cases are still being investigated by the police.
Data below is as of January 9, 2017.
number of murder cases outside police operations
number of cases/incidents of deaths under investigation
number of cases/incidents with investigation concluded; among these:
- 543 are w/ suspects arrested
- 332 are w/ suspects at large
Police, military casualties
Revised data below is as of January 30, 2017.
police personnel killed during operations
(including 13 for validation)
AFP personnel killed in action
police personnel wounded during operations
(including 10 for validation)
AFP personnel wounded in action
As of October 15, the number of policemen killed during operations stood at 13, while there were 40 wounded.
On October 19, deaths among police personnel rose to 15, while the number of wounded was revised to 36 after validation. The PNP broke down the casualties between drug-related and non-drug-related incidents, then reported only the drug-related casualties afterwards (7 dead, 24 wounded).
As of November 7, they returned to reporting all police casualties. (Related EXPLAINER: How serious is the PH drug problem? Here's the data)
On January 30, PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa ordered a stop to police-initiated anti-illegal drug operations, thereby ending Oplan Tokhang and related activities like buy-busts and the service of search warrants.
This is in accordance with President Duterte's pronouncement to "cleanse the police ranks" first after the PNP came under fire for the killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo in October 2016.
This article was originally published on Rappler's website in September 2016 and updated on January 31, 2017.