Philippine police freed on bail:
Nineteen Philippine policemen originally charged with murder during President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs have been freed on bail and will be tried for a lesser crime, sparking criticism Monday from rights activists.
The tough-talking Duterte has repeatedly said he will defend police officers involved in the bloody antinarcotics war, although he has also described the force as “corrupt to the core”.
Police Superintendent Marvin Marcos and 18 other officers were originally accused of murdering two people inside their prison cell — one of them being a city mayor detained on suspicion of drug-dealing.
The officers posted bail Friday after the charge was amended to the lesser one of homicide, said national police chief Ronald dela Rosa.