UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Five drug suspects have been killed in the Philippines’ Bulacan province.

Police carried out a series of drug raids across Bulacan province on Jan. 10, leading to 95 arrests and five deaths.

Benar News says suspects were killed in San Jose del Monte city, Malolos city, Calumpit and Santa Maria.

Nearly 171 grams of shabu was seized, along with 21 grams of marijuana, nine firearms and one hand grenade.

The Manila Bulletin reports 23 police stations across Bulacan were involved in the raids.

The Philippine National Police says 3,968 drug suspects were killed between July 1, 2016 and Dec. 27, 2017.

Human rights organizations allege the Philippine police are killing suspects extrajudicially.

The Philippines denies that, saying officers are killing suspects in self-defense.
Duterte briefly suspended the PNP from taking an active role in the drug war, but he reinstated them in December.