Philippines police officer killed by drug war drug suspects

Police officers were killed in a drug war-related attack in the Philippines on Friday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

The police officer was killed in an ambush by the drug syndicate in the state of Mactan, the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said in a statement.

The ambush took place during the police operation in Mactans city, where they are based.

The officers were transporting a large amount of drugs during the operation, the statement said.

A large number of suspected drug traffickers were killed during the ambush, according to the PNP.

The PNP did not provide further details on the incident.

The Philippine government has declared a state of emergency in response to the wave of drug violence.

Drug seizures have reached nearly 500 million pesos ($15.4 million) in the first half of 2018, up 13% from the same period in 2017.