The president's numbers run counter to "Real Numbers PH," the official figures on the war on drugs…
Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa, in a Senate hearing Sept. 5 on the killing of 17-year-old student Kian Delos Santos, understated his war on drugs figures.
Responding to Sen. Franklin Drilon’s question on the number of individuals killed during “legitimate” police operations since July 1, 2016, Dela Rosa said:
“2,216, your honor, 2,216.”
(Source: Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Hearing, September 5, 2017 watch from 1:28:27 to 1:29:25)
Dela Rosa's figures do not match the ostensibly “real numbers” on the war on drugs published by the PNP itself, in its own website.
An infographic called “Real Numbers PH,” which appears on the homepage of the PNP website, puts the number of “drug personalities who died in anti-drug operations” at 3,811 during the period July 1, 2016 to Aug. 29, 2017.
“Real Numbers PH” data is sourced from four government agencies involved in the anti-illegal drugs campaign: the PNP, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Customs.
Before Dela Rosa, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte himself on several occasions blundered on figures on the war on drugs, the supposed centerpiece policy of his administration.
On Aug. 4, Duterte exaggerated the monetary value of shabu confiscated during his term. (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte skews war on drugs figures; Aquino gets it wrong too)
On Aug. 21, he incorrectly claimed that two to three cops are being killed every day in the war on drugs. (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte says 2-3 cops killed daily in war on drugs)
Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Hearing, September 5, 2017