Duterte: PDEA exclusively to conduct anti-drug ops

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Duterte: PDEA exclusively to conduct anti-drug ops

The President of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, said Russian Federation would assist country with military vehicles and weapons in order to support fight against terrorism.

Duterte issued the order a few days after his latest net satisfaction score suffered from its biggest fall since he became president.

In January, he also suspended police from the war on drugs, calling them corrupt, but reinstated them again shortly afterwards. He has since apologized for the remarks.

Duterte did not explain in his memorandum why he pulled out the PNP from the anti-drug operations but police have lately been under heavy fire for alleged rampant abuses especially in the extra-judicial killings of children and minors that have drawn nationwide anger and indignation.

The destruction is in compliance with the requirements of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation No.1 series of 2002.

Apart from the PNP, Duterte informed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Postal Office (PPO) and all other agencies or any and all ad-hoc anti-drug operations about his order delegating the PDEA as the only agency to conduct simultaneous narcotics raids.

As such, Duterte ordered the PNP and the other concerned agencies "to relay, and deliver to the PDEA information on illegal l drugs for appropriate action".

"Leave to the PDEA, as the sole agency, the conduct of all campaigns and operations against all those who directly or indirectly, and in whatever manner or capacity, are involved in or connected with, illegal drugs", the memorandum read. He also abolished the anti-drug units of PNP and vowed to cleanse the police force of scalawags.

Meanwhile, Tagum City Chief Investigator Janet Tirador said they welcome Duterte's order that PDEA will be the leading agency to oversee the operations against illegal drugs.

That suspension came after a South Korean businessman was kidnapped and killed by anti-drug police.

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