Duterte pulls police off drugs crackdown

International parliamentarians display their message during a news conference in Manila Philippines. – AP

International parliamentarians display their message during a news conference in Manila Philippines. – AP

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to leave the conduct of the drug campaign to the anti-narcotics agency but was directed to stay visible "at all times" as a "deterrent" to the activities linked to the proliferation of these illegal substances. The rating is administered by the Social Weather Stations, the Philippine's leading independent poll body. He also quoted the president that he is not after popularity.

Duterte first broached the idea to put PDEA in charge of the anti-drug campaign in January when he announced that he meant to create a "narcotics command" to weed out rogue policemen involved in the drug trade.

But Duterte personally warned that despite the drop in his trust and popularity ratings, he will not withdraw from the illegal drugs campaign.

Sustento said that they will still help the PDEA by gathering intelligence reports on hard drug activities.

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Human rights organizations allege the bloody drug war has killed 13,000 people, while Phillipinne authorities say 3,850 have been killed in police operations while 2,290 have been killed by unknown assassins.

The police claimed that they only killed suspects who resisted arrest violently.

Panelo further added that a drug pusher would normally be refused to be arrested, which is often to the root cause of gunfight.

In going after drug personalities, the PDEA must be able to tap the resources and personnel of other law enforcement agencies including the PNP and National Bureau of Investigation as well as the Bureau of Customs police. Aside from the US, China is also constructing rehabilitation centers for illegal drugs users who wish to be rehabilitated to their normal life.

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