Philippines' Duterte orders police to give active support in drug war after pulling them out

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had suspended the police's anti-narcotics operations in January, after questions were raised about police conduct.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had suspended the police's anti-narcotics operations in January, after questions were raised about police conduct.PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (REUTERS) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to actively support the drugs enforcement agency in his war on drugs, his spokesman said on Tuesday (Dec 5).

The drugs enforcement agency, known as PDEA, will remain the lead agency in the war on drugs, but the spokesman, Mr Harry Roque, said the police along with other agencies "shall resume to provide active support to PDEA", citing a memorandum signed by Mr Duterte.

Mr Duterte suspended the police's anti-narcotics operations in January, after questions were raised about police conduct.