100 killed in Philippine

File photo: Nanette Castillo grieves next to the body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants in Manila. —AFP

MANILA: More than 100 drug suspects have been killed since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police to rejoin his “war on drugs”, an official said yesterday.

Duterte was elected in 2016 on a promise to eradicate drugs, and launched an unprecedented campaign in which-rights activists allege-as many as 12,000 people have been killed. Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao confirmed that 102 drug suspects were killed by police between December 5 — when Duterte ordered the force to rejoin the drug war-and March 1.

In October last year, the president had announced that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency would replace the police in counter-narcotics operations following mounting public opposition, including rare street protests.- AFP

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