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Erice on Double Barrel comeback: More deaths to come

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Caloocan City 2nd district Rep. Edgar Erice shuddered at the thought of the return of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) anti-illegal drug operations, which he has blamed for the hundreds of alleged extra-judicial killings.

“Dadami lalo ang patayan sa distrito ko,” said the opposition politiko in reaction to PNP’s “Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded.”

It can be recalled that that President Rodrigo Duterte suspended the national police force’s participation in the anti-narcotics campaign after the discovery of acts of corruption like the “tokhang for ransom” case.

That particular case saw the abduction and killing of Korean trader Jee Ick Joo at the hands of cops.

However, Erice, a Liberal Party (LP) member, said that the bloodshed in his district hardly stopped even during the month-long hiatus of the PNP from anti-drug operations.

“Natigil siguro yung pagpatay ng mga pulis sa mga operation nila, pero yung mga pagpatay ng mga vigilante groups tuloy parin,” he claimed.

Last December, Erice claimed that some 300 of his constituents have been slain as a result of the government ‘s anti-drug drive.

Asked how many have been added to the figure since, the solon said, “di ko pa tapos bilangin sa dami.”