PNP on return of drug war: Drug suspects will be surprised

The PDEA, which only has more than 1,800 agents, has tapped the national police to help it fight an illegal drug trade Duterte said has worsened into a national security threat.

Duterte said then almost 40 percent of the police force engaged in illegal activities.

"We will be forming a new drug enforcement group manned by a new set of officers", Dela Rosa told reporters at the sidelines of the 23rd anniversary rites.

Duterte has been scathing in his criticism of police corruption after it was discovered that rogue drugs squad officers had kidnapped and killed a South Korean businessman at PNP headquarters.

Meanwhile, in the same media interview yesterday, Mr. Duterte disclosed that he has ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Ronald M. dela Rosa to form an anti-narcotics task force composed of cops "imbued with the fervor of patriotism".

According to reports, more than 8,000 people have been killed during the anti-drug war launched after Duterte took office on June 30, with only about 2,500 dying during police operations.

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Presently, the lead agency handling anti-drug operations is the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) with support from elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The military also plans to use its assets in assisting PDEA in counterintelligence build-up and investigation of government officials and groups linked to illegal drugs.

Since the police force was removed from the crackdown, the number of raids nationwide has declined and police officials have reported that the illegal drug trade has returned in some communities. We will be informed in due time.

Last month, Duterte ordered the police to stop the anti-drugs operations after declaring the force rotten to the core. Duterte added he is leaving it up to the PNP to proceed with Oplan Tokhang and Project Double Barrel. However, it has emerged that since the halt of the police operations, there has been a near 20% rise in drug sales in the Philippines.

"I will leave it to the Philippine National Police to decide".

"If you make a mistake you will die".

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