Reuters | Jun 05, 2020 12:00
MANILA, June 5 (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte renewed on Friday a threat to kill drug dealers after
police seized 756 kg (1,667 lb) of methamphetamines, a haul he
said proved the Southeast Asian country had become a
transhipment point for narcotics.
The crystal methamphetamine, with a Philippine market value
that police put at 5.1 billion pesos ($102.22 million), was one
of the biggest seizures since Duterte unleashed his bloody war
on drugs, which has defined his presidency, in 2016.
"If you destroy my country distributing 5.1 billion pesos
worth of shabu ... I will kill you," Duterte said in recorded
address, referring to the drugs.
He did not say where the drugs were believed to have come
from but said the Philippines was a transhipment centre for
Mexican drugs gangsters.
Duterte also hurled insults at human rights groups for
criticising his anti-narcotics campaign.
The United Nations said in a report on Thursday tens of
thousands of people in the Philippines may have been killed in
the war on drugs amid "near impunity" for police and incitement
to violence by top officials. But government data put the number of suspected drug dealers
and users killed in police anti-narcotics operations since July
2016 at 5,600.
Rights group have said the police summarily executed
suspects. Police have denied that saying they have acted in self
defence when suspects resisted arrest.
Duterte's office dismissed the U.N. report as "rehashed
claims" and the accusation of impunity as unfounded.
Written By: Reuters
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