Philippines to disband police anti-drugs units after killing of South Korean businessman
The Philippines police will disband anti-drugs units following the killing of a South Korean businessman by rogue officers, but President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to forge ahead with his war on drugs until the last day of his term.
Mr Duterte said he was embarrassed that anti-drugs officers had abused their power to engage in kidnapping, leading to the death by strangulation of Jee Ick-joo, on the grounds of the national police headquarters.
He said other suspects were still at large and gave them 48 hours to turn themselves in, or have a dead-or-alive bounty placed on their heads of 5 million pesos ($133,000), for which he would prefer them dead.
His police chief, Ronald dela Rosa, said the breakup of anti-drugs units was necessary to rebuild them, but it could disrupt the progress of the campaign.
“We will dissolve all anti-drugs units in the police,” he told a joint news conference with Mr Duterte, when asked if he would overhaul the police.
“I will do my job to the best of my ability I hope I will not fail the president and the Filipino people.”
Mr Duterte said police who had been subject of internal investigations should be reassigned to work in conflict zones.
He told the news conference he underestimated the depth of problem, and promised the crackdown would continue until the end of his six-year presidency.
He said criticism would not stop him.
things got out of hand quickly..who can be surprised?
when its a free for all to kill you will get these “mistakes”..strangled to death in the police headquarters is a little bit more than a mistake though..it wont stop rodrigo..
“He told the news conference he underestimated the depth of problem, and promised the crackdown would continue until the end of his six-year presidency.”