31 Jan '17, 9am

Philippines narcotics agency takes over drugs war amid police shakeup

Philippines narcotics agency takes over drugs war amid police shakeup

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte suggested on Tuesday he may seek military support after withdrawing the national police from his war on drugs and handing the job to a much smaller anti-narcotics agency. More than 7,600 people, mostly users and small-time dealers, have been killed since Duterte took office at the end of June, vowing to crack down on methamphetamine use. About 2,550 of the deaths were in police operations while the others were vigilante killings or were unsolved murders. The Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) would run anti-drug operations, according to presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella. Its 1,800 staff are equivalent to just over 1 percent of the 160,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP). After a high-level security meeting on Sunday, Duterte said the PNP was "corrupt to the core". A suspension of its drugs operations came a f...

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