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>> When police open fire in the Philippines, the result is nearly always fatal. In President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, police have killed more then 2,000 people in just five months. They say most of these victims were shot dead by officers acting in self defense during anti-drug operations, but a Reuters investigation reveals some chilling figures that challenge that claim.
>> I'm Andrew Marshall, reporting for Reuters from northern Manila. This teeming district of slums and waterways is best known for its fish market. But since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his war on drugs it also has another claim to fame, as the killing zone for dozens of drug suspects.
Now the police tell us that most of these people were killed in legitimate operations. But the families here have been telling me a rather different story. They believe their loved ones were executed.>> Our reporting seems to bear this out. In 51 police shootings examined by Reuters and human rights experts, 100 suspects were killed and just three wounded.
That unusually high kill ratio, combined with eyewitness testimony and other evidence, suggest that police are proactively gunning down drug suspects. One of their targets was Floor John Cruz. Police say they killed Cruz after he shot at plain clothes officers during a drug sting, but his mother told us he was unarmed and pleading for his life when police opened fire.
> He didn't have a gun. He couldn't afford to buy a gun.>> Many bereaved families are too scared to file a complaint with police. And getting answers is almost impossible. Forensic investigations are cursory and police won't give the full autopsy reports to families, fueling suspicion that guns and drugs are planted on bodies.
In the poor neighborhoods targeted by Duterte, many people say police are not killing out of self defense but deliberately eliminating anyone involved with drugs. Police reassure their critics that all killings are investigated by the Internal Affairs Service, their own watchdog. But out of more than 1,800 killings under investigation, here's how many officers have been dismissed for misconduct.