Philippines: MILF, government sign pact on war on drugs

Moro Islamic Liberation Front to help intensify President Duterte’s war on drugs in areas under insurgents’ influence

Philippines: MILF, government sign pact on war on drugs

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Friday signed an agreement with the government to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in areas under the insurgents’ influence in the southern Philippines.

The pact between the government and the group, which signed a peace deal with the government in 2014, comes one year after the Duterte administration launched its anti-drug crackdown, which saw the seizure of illegal drugs valued in the billions of Philippine pesos (1 billion pesos is worth some $19.8 million).

Signing the cooperation protocol were officials of the government's Drug Enforcement Agency and Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities, as well as the MILF's Islamic Armed Forces and Ad Hoc Joint Group.

Officials hailed the agreement as a good move to help Duterte’s campaign to rid the country of illegal drugs.
Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) head Isidro Lapeña said the protocol will be applied to anti-drug operations and other related activities in MILF communities.

The protocol also lays out procedures and defines the roles of both the government and MILF in law enforcement operations to file drug cases and arrest drug suspects.

 

Last Mod: 01 Temmuz 2017, 14:34
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