Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines’ Duterte seeks China’s help in war on drugs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2016, 5:36pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2016, 5:36pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he wants China to control its citizens’ involvement in the illegal drug trade in his country.

In a public address delivered at a seized drug laboratory in the central Luzon province of Pampanga, Duterte said many Chinese criminals are involved with local drug syndicates, while materials used for producing illegal drugs are also from China.

“So we want them also to control their people and increase the focus on their criminals,” he said. “If you consider us your friend, you want to help us, but most of the materials, all of it, and the machines and the boilers, are from China, what does that mean?”

Duterte had previously suggested that major drug lords involved in the profitable illegal industry in the Philippines are operating from China.

Since he came to power in June, the president has been waging a brutal anti-drug crackdown, targeting producers, dealers and users.

More than a thousand drug suspects have been killed in police shoot-outs and other law enforcement operations, while more than 2,000 others have died in still unclear circumstances.