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PNP figures give credence to Cayetano claim on killings

Philippine National Police figures support Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano's claim that killings were rampant even before the war on drugs. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file
MANILA, Philippines — There were an average of 12,357 murder and homicide cases in the Philippines from 2011 to 2016, giving credence to Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano's claim in Geneva that the number of killings under the Duterte administration are not unusually high.
 
On Monday, Cayetano told members of the UN Human Rights Council that "killings in the Philippines in the previous administrations varied from a low of 11,000 to a high of 16,000" and that recent numbers—10,165 murders and homicides between July 2016 and March 2017, according to the police—are within the average.
 
"In 2013, the highest was 16,000. The lowest in 2012," he has been quoted as saying.
 
PNP data lists 9,072 murders and 6,409 homicides in 2013, a total of 15,481 cases. That year had the most cases of killings, while 2014 had the fewest cases—5,004 murders and 4,091 homicides, according to the PNP-Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management—with 9,095.
 
In March, Cayetano claimed in a radio interview that there had been around 70,000 killings during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, an erstwhile ally under whose administration slate the senator ran for reelection in 2013.
 
"There are extrajudicial killings but these are not state-sponsored. There have been 10,000 to 14,000 every year or about 70,000 during the entire Aquino administration," he said then.
 
According to data released on the PNP website, there were 8,489 murders and 3,375 homicides in 2011 or a total of 11,864. In 2012, there were 8,484 murders and 3,022 homicide cases, or 11,506 killings.
 
The number of killings went up in 2013 and dropped the year after that. There were 12,478 killings in 2015—9,643 murders and 2,835.
 
The next year, 2016, was bloodier still with 11,385 murders and 2,337 homicides or 13,722 killings in all. 
 
Task Force Usig, which handles cases of killings of journalists and activists, tallied 166 cases between 2001 and 2012. By 2016, it had 188 cases. Of those cases, 16 were recorded during the Aquino administration.
 
According to the PNP Annual Report for 2016, no case was recorded under the Duterte administration. — Jonathan de Santos
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