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The Philippines suspended its drug war to focus on police corruption


Police in the Philippines are suspending their drug war -- which claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people -- to focus on corruption within their ranks, Al Jazeera reported.

The decision comes after a South Korean business man, Jee Ick-Joo, was kidnapped and killed by rogue Philippine police officers. His body was found inside the Philippine National Police Headquarters (PNP).

To all the rogue cops, beware! We no longer have a war on drugs.
Ronald dela Rosa, director of the National Police

PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa told Al Jazeera that Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte wants the national police to "cleanse" their ranks. "Maybe after that, we can resume our war on drugs," dela Rosa said.

Duterte, who pledged during his campaign to crack down on drugs during the first six months of his presidency, had extended his drug war until the end of his term in 2022.

Duterte's drug war has alarmed the west and human rights groups because of his threats and the slaughter of thousands of people accused of being linked to drugs.

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