Duterte sidelines police in war on illegal drugs

Duterte gestures as he delivers his speech during the oath taking of Philippine National Police star rank officers at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila Philippines

Duterte who loosened the Philippines' long alliance with the U.S. because former U.S. President Barack Obama's criticisms on his war on drugs, opted to strengthen ties with Russian Federation and China. Among the events in the news when the survey was conducted was the death of a minor in the hands of Caloocan City cops that triggered rare street protests.

In January, Duterte suspended the PNP's war on illicit drug trade following the abduction-slay of Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo by policemen in the guise of the drug war. He has since apologized for the remarks.

Duterte, who easily won the race to Malacañang a year ago on a brutal law-and-order platform, has stoked global alarm for activating his fierce anti-drug campaign.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday destroyed a total of PHP10.67 million worth of controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs), together with laboratory equipment intended for the production of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

Duterte cited Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, in his new memorandum.

As such, Duterte ordered the PNP and the other concerned agencies "to relay, and deliver to the PDEA information on illegal l drugs for appropriate action".

Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos, the PNP spokesman, said they would follow Duterte's order, adding the police could now focus in their anti-criminality operations and "internal cleansing" to rid the agency of "scalawags" for their involvement drugs and other crmes.

"Leave to the PDEA, as the sole agency, the conduct of all campaigns and operations against all those who directly or indirectly, and in whatever manner or capacity, are involved in or connected with, illegal drugs", the memorandum read.

The President also gave the directive to the police force to merely maintain visibility "as a deterrent to illegal drug activities".

"Provided, further, That the NBI, PNP and the Bureau of Customs shall maintain close coordination with the PDEA on all drug related matters".

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