24-hour spree

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2017 06:07 PM | Updated as of Sep 06 2017 04:04 PM

Residents look at the body of a man who police said was shot in drug-related killings in Manila. 25 dead bodies were found in 24 hours as Manila ramped up its anti-crime raids. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

Manila's Finest was up to the task.

On Wednesday, President Duterte praised the anti-drug raids in Bulacan that left 32 dead. He said his government is willing to carry out more killings in legitimate police operations if this will reduce "what ails the country." 

“Makapatay lang tayo ng mga another 32 everyday then maybe we can reduce what ails this country,” he said. 

From Wednesday night to Thursday, at least 25 people were killed in various anti-crime raids in Manila.

Of the 25 fatalities, 14 were drug suspects while 11 were robbery suspects. Forty-eight suspects were also arrested in other police operations in Manila.

Police said that even without Duterte's statement, the police in Metro Manila will continue One-Time Big-Time operations against illegal drugs.

"Mayroon tayong tinatawag na rules of engagement. The use of force is a last resort so yun po ang ginamit ng ating kapulisan," Superintendent Erwin Margarejo, Manila Police District spokesman, said.

"Nagkataon lang po siguro na yung mga suspect natin ay kumbaga, lumaban sa ating kapulisan," he said. When a police officer senses imminent danger, his last resort is to defend himself, he added. 

The body of a man, who police said was killed in a spate of drug-related violence, is silhouetted near a police car and police investigators on Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sta. Mesa, Manila on August 16, 2017. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

A police officer in plainclothes holds a man as they comfort him after his brother, who police said was a victim in a spate of drug-related violence overnight, was shot to death on Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

A police officer gives a glass of water to a man to comfort him after his brother, who police said was killed in a spate of drug-related violence overnight, was shot on Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

A woman weeps near the body of a man killed on Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sta. Mesa, Manila, which the police tagged as drug-related killing. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

Police investigators stand near the body of a victim of drug-related killing on Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

Residents look at the body of a man found on Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sta. Mesa, Manila, after a spate of drug-related killing in the capital. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

The bodies of two men, who police said were shot in drug-related killings, lie on a sidewalk on Arellano Street, behind College of St. Benilde in Manila. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

An unidentified suspect lies dead after a police encounter on Antipolo street, near España Avenue, in a night of drug-related violence in Manila. Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News

Residents watch the body of a man (not pictured), who police said was killed on Antipolo street, near España Avenue, in a spate of drug-related violence overnight in Manila. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

Police officers accomplish the report on the killing of an unidentified man on Antipolo street, near España Avenue, one of the drug-related killings overnight in Manila. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

A bystander watches as the crime scene is processed on Antipolo Street in Manila after a killing, one in a spate of drug-related violence overnight in the capital. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

Kian Loyd Delos Santos, 17, a student from a Catholic school, is taken by Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) after he was killed in a police operation at Riverside, Brgy. 160, Caloocan City on August 16, 2017. Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News

Police investigators inspect the body of a man who they said was shot near the Port Area in Manila, one of several drug-related violence in the capital on August 16 and 17, 2017. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

Funeral workers place the body of a man inside a cadaver bag found near a store at the Port Area in Manila, one of several drug-related violence in the capital on August 16 and 17, 2017. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters