27 Feb '17, 6am

Philippine police say ready to return to war on drugs as dealers return

MANILA (REUTERS) - Philippine police are ready to resume President Rodrigo Duterte's war on the drugs trade which had returned to the streets, the police chief said on Monday (Feb 27), a month after Duterte halted police operations, labelling the force "rotten to the core". Ronald dela Rosa told reporters the sooner police returned to the fight the better, otherwise gains made against drug traders could be lost. "We are ready to go back to war if given orders by the president," dela Rosa told reporters. "The longer that we are out of the war on drugs, the situation is getting worse, problems will return. So, the sooner we return, the better." Despite his denunciation of the police, Duterte told reporters he may allow them to resume anti-drug operations, saying there had been a rise of about 20 per cent in drug sales on the streets since police were pulled back. "I will lea...

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