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Philippines’ Duterte hopes drugs war shift will satisfy ‘bleeding hearts’

12 de Outubro de 2017, 8:09 , por O LADO ESCURO DA LUA - | No one following this article yet.
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By Manuel MogatoNeil Jerome Morales


MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he hoped a shift to target big networks in his war on drugs would satisfy “bleeding hearts” and interfering Western states fixated on the high death toll in his brutal crackdown.

In a televised speech, Duterte read a memorandum that removes police from the drugs war and places the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in charge, then launched a curse-laden tirade at foreign critics of a campaign that has killed thousands of Filipinos.

Duterte took aim at a group of European parliamentarians and civil society groups, some of whom this week reportedly warned the Philippines risked losing trade privileges because of unchecked abuses by police during his signature campaign.

“I am not interested anymore in using any other (agency), just let PDEA,” he said.

“They seem to want it, I want, as…

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