Duterte says there could have been abuses in Philippines' war on drugs after high schooler killed

Hundreds marched in Manila near the spot where a 17-year-old high school student was shot dead by police last week in President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs.
A school boy holds up a placard at the wake of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old high school student, who was among the people shot dead last week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs in Caloocan city, Metro Manila on Aug
A school boy holds up a placard at the wake of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old high school student, who was among the people shot dead last week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs in Caloocan city, Metro Manila on Aug 21, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (Aug 21) said there could have been abuses in his government's war on drugs and ordered the police to take custody of officers who were involved in the killing of a high school student last week.

In a hastily called news conference at the presidential palace, Duterte said he would not condone abuses and the police officers would have to face the consequences of their actions if that is the recommendation of a formal investigation.

"There is a possibility that in some of police incidents there could be abuses. I admit that," Duterte said. "These abusive police officers are destroying the credibility of the government," he added.

"Who will follow the government if the credibility is destroyed."