Duterte pulls police off drugs crackdown

One of the world's most controversial strongmen is losing his popularity at home

One of the world's most controversial strongmen is losing his popularity at home

Policemen in Iloilo will continue to work with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) through intelligence sharing following President Rodrigo Duterte's order designating the latter as the "sole agency" to conduct anti-drug operations.

Human rights organizations allege the bloody drug war has killed 13,000 people, while Phillipinne authorities say 3,850 have been killed in police operations while 2,290 have been killed by unknown assassins.

In a memorandum signed Tuesday, Duterte ordered the PDEA to take the lead in the war on drugs as tasked under the anti-drug law, mandating other law enforcement agencies to defer to the agency.

A group of civil society organizations has demanded that Apple Inc remove from its app store games it said violated the tech firm's guidelines and promoted violence and killings commonplace in the Philippines' war on drugs.

Thousands of Filipinos have been killed in Duterte's 15-month-old war on drugs, a campaign that has caused global alarm.

The police claimed that they only killed suspects who resisted arrest violently.

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

The Philippine government, however, has consistently denied the existence of extrajudicial killings in the country despite another SWS survey showing that 7 in 10 Filipinos are anxious about themselves or people they know becoming a victim.

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