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Resumption of police anti-narcotics operations increases likelihood of confrontations with criminals, raising risks to individuals across Philippines

30 January 2018


On 28 January 2018, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa announced the reactivation of controversial police anti-narcotics operations under new operational guidelines.

Speaking at the national police headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City, the PNP chief said that the guidelines, issued on 19 January 2018, required strict observation of human rights and emphasis on transparency, accountability, and command responsibility. They encourage the police to use body cameras when available. Nationwide operations were suspended a year ago by President Rodrigo Duterte after mounting criticism by the political opposition and human-rights groups, which alleged that the police frequently resorted to summary executions, torture, and extra-judicial violence to combat drug trafficking.

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