Philippine cops rejoin drug war
The Philippine police chief said yesterday his forces had “reloaded” and were back fighting their president’s deadly war on drugs, just over a month after they were withdrawn because of widespread corruption.
President Rodrigo Duterte said in late January he had suspended all police from his crackdown on illegal drugs, which has claimed more than 8,000 lives, after describing them as “rotten to the core”.
National police chief Ronald Dela Rosa said yesterday reforms had been implemented to ensure there was no repeat of previous problems, which included antidrugs officers kidnapping and murdering a South Korean businessman.
“The war on drugs is on, and this time, it is going to be more extensive, aggressive and wellcoordinated, with built-in systems that guarantee full accountability and instil internal discipline among all personnel.”
“Today, we are going to relaunch the war on drugs, we’ve relaunched our project — Double Barrel Reloaded,” Dela Rosa said.
He said there had been a “resurgence” in the drugs trade while police had been suspended.