Stripped of role in ‘drug war’, PNP revert focus on street crimes, anti-terrorism

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will focus its operations on preventing street crimes now that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has been tasked as the sole agency to carry out the Duterte administration's "drug war". "We will focus our law enforcement activities on decreasing our street crimes as this is where we are perceived by the community vis a vis our initiatives and efforts," PNP deputy spokesperson Supt. Chai Madrid said in a statement on Thursday. PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, meanwhile, said that the PNP's Drug Enforcement Group will not be abolished but its duties will be limited to forwarding drug-related intelligence information to...

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