Anti-narcotics chief in Philippines warns of slowdown in drugs war

Anti-narcotics chief in Philippines warns of slowdown in drugs war

There will be a reduction in the intensity of the Philippines’ war on drugs after a removal of police from the campaign.

That’s according to the head of the anti-narcotics agency who’s said he hopes it’s only temporary, as his unit lacks manpower.

In a radio interview, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino said he only has a fraction of personnel and budget of police.

He also said he hopes President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to make his agency responsible for all operations would not be lasting as they need the police.

Duterte issued a memorandum on Tuesday ordering police to withdraw, amid unprecedented scrutiny of their conduct.



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