Ozamiz mayor, 6 others killed in police drug raid

Ozamiz mayor, 6 others killed in police drug raid”

A Philippine mayor named as being involved in the narcotics trade was shot dead in a police raid Sunday, authorities said, the latest official to be killed since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a drug war.

Members of the Philippine National Police and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) armed with search warrants raided homes of alleged illegal drug personalities in Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental early Sunday.

More than 3000 suspects have been killed in anti-drug operations since Duterte became president on June 30, 2016, according to police statistics.

"The police personnel were met with volley of gunfire from their security, prompting the police to retaliate", he added.

Officers recovered grenades, ammunition as well as illegal drugs in the raid, according to police provincial chief Jaysen De Guzman.

Since he took office, police have reported killing almost 3,200 people in the drug war. The raid resulted in the confiscation of firearms and shabu, and the death of 4 members of civilian volunteer organizations, identified as Miguel del Victoria, Nestor Cabalan, Daniel D. Vasquez, and one other unidentified person. But human rights groups have warned that the actual death toll could be higher.

Parojinog, who also faced corruption charges, had denied any links to illegal drugs.

All three mayors were among more than 160 officials Mr Duterte named publicly as being linked to illegal drugs in August past year as part of a shame campaign.

At least 7 were killed in the incident, including the mayor.

Duterte had defended the officers involved in the raid and ordered their reinstatement, with critics saying the decision would worsen the nation's "culture of impunity".

The vice mayor was arrested and brought to the provincial office.

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