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To hell with EJKs! Duterte hopes to end drug problem by 2018

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President Rodrigo Duterte no longer cares about what critics will say about extrajudicial killings (EJKs) as long as he solves the country’s problem on illegal drugs by next year.

Duterte appeared to have taken a nonchalant view on EJKs a day after signing the order bringing the Philippine National Police (PNP) back into the drug war.

“Wala na akong istorya pa na ang extrajudicial killing. It will happen if it will happen. It cannot happen, if it cannot happen. Wala akong pakialam basta sabi ko sa droga, I hope to finish the problem maybe give me just another year,” he said in a speech at the oathtaking ceremony of new government officials Wednesday (December 6) in Malacañang.

Duterte said the Commission on Human Rights is welcome to monitor the police’s anti-drug operations.

“Babalik ang pulis, babalik ‘yan and the Human Rights Commission can come here, international and I will provide them an office. Bigyan ko silang building diyan sa — sumama na sila. Basta ako tatapusin ko talaga ‘yan,” he said.

Duterte on Tuesday (December 5) signed Memorandum Order No. 17 directing the PNP and other law enforcement agencies to resume providing “active support” to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the conduct of anti-drug operations.

He said there is a “clamor from the public” for the PNP to return to the war on drugs due to the “notable resurgence” in illegal drug activities and other crimes since PDEA became the sole agency in the government’s anti-narcotics campaign.