Duterte targets ‘big fish’ in war on drugs
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs will change its focus to target “big fish”, officials said yesterday, moving away from street-level operations to go after big networks and suppliers. Mr 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 yesterday. The change in tack comes at a difficult time for Mr Duterte, who although still hugely popular, saw a sharp decline in ratings according to an opinion poll released on Sunday.