31 Mar '17, 12pm

Philippines' drugs war chief struggles to stop illegal drugs from China - The Straits Times

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) - The chief enforcer of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs acknowledged the difficulty in halting a surge in methamphetamine imports from China despite a campaign that has claimed thousands of lives. "We do not guarantee that we will win this war," Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa said in an interview in his Manila office on Thursday (March 30). "Win or lose, at least we have done something to address the problem." Duterte has faced strident criticism from the US, the United Nations and the European Union since being sworn in last June over his efforts to tackle drug addiction - a policy that has proved popular at home. The Philippine police say about 2,600 people have been killed in police operations against drug traffickers, while human-rights groups label some 4,700 other murders as "extra-judicial killings." In a spe...

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