Thousands of Filipino policemen were promoted in Manila

Newly promoted Filipino policemen stand guard during an award ceremony at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 25 August 2016. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Acting Regional Director Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde administered the Donning of Ranks of more than 5,000 policemen who have earned merit in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities as law enforcers, amid alarming number of deaths related to government’s war against illegal drugs. According to Police data which was submitted to a Senate investigation on 23 August by Director General Ronald dela Rosa, at least 756 were slain during anti-drug police operations and 1,160 more deaths were committed by still unknown killers based on a tally from 01 July to 23 August. Putting the overall toll of lives at 1,916 or an average of 36 deaths per day, killed in a violent campaign against drugs in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte took office, the country’s national police chief said.

Source: Cyprus News Agency