Philip­pine po­lice freed on bail:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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