Philippine president accuses 5 police generals of drug links

by Alfonso Matthews Julio 10, 2016, 4:17
Philippine president accuses 5 police generals of drug links

Duterte appears determined to follow through with what was the only substantive election promise he made - to wipe out drugs gangs and end crime in six months.

Andanar said President Duterte would also approve the creation of a "presidential task force against media killings" to deal with unabated violence against journalists.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday offered China conciliatory talks on a long-awaited global tribunal ruling over Beijing's maritime claims, a week before the verdict.

One pre-dawn raid in the town of Matalam, about 900 kilometres south of Manila, left eight "drug personalities" dead on Saturday, including a woman, regional police spokesman Superintendent Romeo Galgo told reporters.

Police said on Thursday that they had killed 103 drug suspects who resisted arrest, but insisted they had operated within the boundaries of the law.

"The president and his subordinates should remember that the accused should be afforded a fair process in an independent court of law regardless of the severity of the offence, per well-established principles of global law", Shahshahani, a director of the US-based group Project South, said.

With the President mincing no words in saying that the fight "will be dirty" and he won't apologize for it, public approval ratings will certainly be high in the next few days as Filipinos see that something concrete is being done to combat the drug menace.

To clear his name, Diaz, like Tinio, said he is willing to go through lie detector test and challenged whoever informed Duterte to face him.

About 10 criminal suspects had been killed by police or suspected vigilantes each day since Duterte took his oath of office, according to a running tally by the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper.

Duterte has said he wants friendly relations with China, a departure from his predecessor Benigno Aquino who angered Beijing by launching the legal action and strengthening ties with the Philippines' longtime ally the United States.

The 71-year-old former Davao Mayor's war on drugs has raised concern among human rights groups.

Duterte said that is the reason why he is not calling Abu Sayyaf "criminals".

"We have to remove that fear".

Last weekend, Duterte's newly appointed national police chief, Director-General Ronald Dela Rosa ordered police officers linked to narcotics trafficking to surrender by Sunday or be killed.

"In the long run, we are also contemplating even transferring them to Caballo island or to an island in Palawan, where there are no cellphone signals", he added.

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