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Philippine's Duterte hands 'war on drugs' campaign running to anti-narcotics agency

Philippine's Duterte hands 'war on drugs' campaign running to anti-narcotics agency The Philippines handed its anti-narcotics agency the lead role in running a controversial war on drugs on Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte lambasted the national police for rampant corruption and took them off the job.

The chief of the Philippine National Police announced a temporary halt of anti-drugs operations on Monday to rid the ranks of "scalawags", after Duterte said police were "corrupt to the core" and estimated 40 percent of the force were dishonest.

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The Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency would run anti-drug operations, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters on Tuesday: "In order to avoid any of the apparent corrupt activities within the organisation, he has now transferred it (control) to PDEA."
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