Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

PDEA welcomes return of PNP to lead drug war

PDEA welcomes return of PNP to lead drug war

"We will follow the directive of the President, Chief Executive, and Commander-in-Chief", PNP Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said in a text message. They also deny links to at least 2,000 mysterious street killings of drug users.Roque said Duterte knew the police had flaws and would not tolerate abuses, but he still believed in them.He suspended police in January and reinstated them five weeks later, arguing that drugs were pouring back to the streets.It is unclear why he removed them again on October 11.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said he respects and adheres to the decision of the President, saying it has been his wish for the PNP to lead the campaign against drugs given the PDEA's limited funds, equipment and manpower. "There is now a very strong likelihood that it could be returned to the PNP", he added.

The Philippine National Police will be brought back to Duterte's war on drugs.

"I think we need to accept what the President has said".

The Drug Enforcement Agency is mandated under the law to enforce all legal provisions on prohibited drugs.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a souvenir photo with the Special Operation Command, Philippine Army at Fort Magsaysay on late Wednesday.

In a statement, PDEA said that it has been its desire for the PNP to re-assume the lead role in the government's campaign against illicit drugs as it admitted that it did not have enough resources to combat the problem.

"He wants more", he said. Human rights groups and political opponents say executions of drug users and small-time peddlers have been widespread, but police insist those killed were all dealers who put up violent resistance.Police have rebuffed criticism and cite 117,000 arrests as proof that their policy is to preserve life.

This, however, without doing any major reforms to the institution he once called "corrupt to the core". "He has said that he will prosecute policemen who may be guilty of murder as in the case of Kian", he said, referring to the 19-year- old brutally killed by Caloocan cops under the guise of anti-drug operations. "And therefore, he still believes in the institution".

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