Philip­pine cops re­join drug war

New Straits Times - - World -

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.

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