Philippine drug war chief quits amid narcotics scandal

This file photo taken on August 8, 2018 shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reviewing policemen along with national police chief Oscar Albayalde (L) during the 117th police anniversary celebration at the national headquarters in Manila. PHOTO | TED ALJIBE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Though the scandal dates from before Oscar Albayalde's time as national police chief, it has raised fresh criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte's signature anti-narcotics campaign.
  • As part of Duterte's internationally condemned initiative, police have killed thousands of alleged dealers and users since mid-2016, but critics say the wealthy and powerful have been largely untouched.
  • Neri Colmenares, a lawyer for families pushing for an International Criminal Court prosecution of those behind the drug war, branded the allegations against Albayalde a "major embarrassment".



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