Duterte shifts target in drugs war
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday he hoped a shift to targeting big networks in his war on drugs would satisfy “bleeding hearts” and interfering western states fixated on the high death toll in his brutal crackdown.
Mr Duterte read out a memorandum that removes police from the drugs war and places the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in charge of it, before launching into a tirade at foreign critics of a campaign that has killed thousands.
Mr Duterte appeared to target some European parliamentarians among a group called the Progressive Alliance, which said it was “extremely alarmed” by the drugs war. – Reuters
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.