Philippine police vow 'surgical and chilling' war on drugs, crime

Philippine police have several times promised to overhaul the anti-drugs campaign, although human rights groups say there has been little noticeable change
Reuters (UK)
Monday, July 30, 2018

philippines stop killings2Philippine police vowed to revamp and intensify a fight against crime and drugs, a week after President Rodrigo Duterte promised no letup in a bloody crackdown that has alarmed the international community. “Surgical and chilling will be the trademark of the reinvigorated anti-illegal drugs and anti-criminality campaign,” police chief Oscar Albayalde told a news conference. Thousands of suspected drug dealers and users have been killed in the past two years in what police say were shootouts. Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have launched a preliminary examination to assess whether crimes against humanity may have been committed. (See also: Cops harassing me, says EJK case filer)