Drugs war to tar­get ‘big fish’

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MANILA: Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s fe­ro­cious war on drugs will shift to a higher gear to tar­get “big fish”, of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day, mov­ing away from street level op­er­a­tions to go after big net­works and sup­pli­ers.

Duterte is­sued a di­rec­tive on Tues­day or­der­ing the po­lice to halt ac­tiv­i­ties in the anti-drug cam­paign and leave all op­er­a­tions to the drug en­force­ment agency, amid un­prece­dented scru­tiny of po­lice con­duct. The na­tional po­lice chief dis­banded all 18 re­gional anti-drugs units on Thurs­day and said the re­sources would be chan­nelled into fight­ing other crimes.

“We now tar­get higher ech­e­lons of the syn­di­cates, as well as their pro­tec­tors in gov­ern­ment,” pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ernesto Abella told re­porters.

Abella said the street level dis­tri­bu­tion net­works of the “drug lords” had been de­graded due to suc­cess­ful po­lice op­er­a­tions in the 15-month old cam­paign.

— Reuters

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