Philippines puts drug war on hold to tackle police corruption

The suspension comes after a South Korean businessman was killed last week in a police headquarters by drug squad officers.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

President Duterte made it clear the anti-drug campaign would continue until his presidency ends and his police chief, Ronald dela Rosa, said he hoped operations could resume within a month.

The Philippines on Monday suspended President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs until a crackdown on police corruption is completed. Police chiefs have been ordered to temporarily dissolve anti-drug units.

The decision came after the murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo by drug squad officers on Sunday.

​Duterte estimates 40 percent of the force were corrupt and as "lousy as drug lords."​

TRT World’s Nafisa Latic reports.