MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine president has publicly linked more than 150 judges, mayors, lawmakers and military personnel to illegal drugs, revoked their gun licenses and asked them to surrender for investigation.
President Rodrigo Duterte promptly fired members of the military and police he named and ordered government security personnel to be withdrawn from politicians he identified in his nationally televised speech early Sunday.
Duterte’s latest move ratchets up his war against drugs, which has already left more than 400 suspected dealers and pushers dead and more than 4,400 arrested in a month since he took office. Nearly 600,000 people have surrendered to authorities.
Duterte says he will take full responsibility if any of those he named turns out to be innocent.
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