News 12 october — 17:47

Duterte pulls police off controversial drugs crackdown

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has demoted the country's police from leading his drugs war, amid growing criticism of the bloody crackdown,BBXC reports.

The country's Drugs Enforcement Agency will take charge of operations instead.

Police say they have killed over 3,850 people in anti-drugs operations since Mr Duterte took office last year.

In January, he also suspended police from the war on drugs, calling them "corrupt" - but reinstated them again shortly afterwards.

That suspension came after a South Korean businessman was kidnapped and killed by anti-drug police.

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