Duterte tar­gets ‘big fish’ in war on drugs

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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.

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