PNP wants suspects taken alive in drug war return

Philippines: ICC must examine 'war on drugs' crimes as child killings go unpunished

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In ordering the PNP and other law enforcement agencies to rejoin anew in the war against illegal drugs, the President noted that while PDEA has made significant strides in the government's anti-illegal campaign, the agency "has been seriously hampered in performing its huge mandate by lack of resources, specifically agents, and operatives who can penetrate drug-infested areas down to the municipal and barangay levels".

Law enforcement is returning to duty after the president signed an order requesting the Philippine National Police to provide "active support" to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Because of the order announced Tuesday, the police can now join anti-drug raids but have to coordinate their actions with the PDEA.

"Keeping the youth well-informed about the dangers of illegal drugs and with parents' positive relationship with them may be helpful and effective to prevent drug abuse or for them to stay away from prohibited drugs", Martinez said. Duterte said in a speech, referring to human rights groups, Catholic bishops and priests who had urged an end to the killings.

Police are also investigating the deaths of nearly 11,000 people to determine if their deaths were related to illegal drugs and if hired or vigilante killers were responsible.

"I do not want Filipinos to be turned into fools during my time".

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Duterte, who assumed the presidency in June past year, waged a brutal war against drug syndicates.

Amnesty International called for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to begin an investigation into the crimes against humanity, including the deaths of approximately 60 children, committed during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's violent "war on drugs", according to Amnesty International.

"Since the police were withdrawn from anti-drug operations in October, there has been a marked decline in the number of deaths resulting from these operations".

Critics at home and overseas say he is orchestrating a campaign of extrajudicial mass murder, carried out by corrupt police and hired vigilantes.

More than 12 police officers have been investigated for the killing after the case received worldwide attention, but no one has yet been held to account.

This is the second time the police have been removed, then reinstated to the anti-drug operations. The officer and other policemen allegedly used the drug campaign as a cover to kidnap the Korean and extort money from his family.

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