‘le­gal drug war’ in Phl elates US exec

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By PIA LEE-BRAGO

The United States is “en­cour­aged” by re­ports about drug op­er­a­tions in the coun­try con­ducted within the rule of law, a vis­it­ing State Depart­ment of­fi­cial said Wed­nes­day.

Patrick Mur­phy, act­ing prin­ci­pal deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for East Asia and the Pa­cific of the US State Depart­ment, said he was glad to hear about Philip­pine gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials dis­cussing the an­tidrug campaign con­ducted in ac­cor­dance with the rule of law.

“And that’s very good for us to hear. We’re en­cour­aged to hear about those efforts,” Mur­phy told re­porters at a press brief­ing.

Mur­phy said the US un­der­stands the chal­lenges the Philip­pines faces in its anti-drug campaign at the na­tional, in­ter­na­tional and the com­mu­nity level.

“We want to be good part­ners. Of course as al­lies and friends we speak frankly. We speak hon­estly. Oc­ca­sion­ally each coun­try has con­cerns with each other and in the ef­fort to counter nar­cotics here,” Mur­phy said. “We very much hope and we mes­sage this hope that the Philip­pines will con­tinue to con­duct this campaign in ac­cor­dance with the rule of law and re­spect for hu­man rights.”

The war on il­licit nar­cotics, he said, is an en­deavor shared by both the Philip­pines and the US.

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