President Duterte’s anti-drug war has claimed many victims since he took office four years ago. Seven tons of crystal meth have already been seized. These should now disappear completely.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug war has already claimed thousands of victims. Now the head of state has ordered the destruction of all seized illegal drugs. This should prevent a possible resale of the contraband, Dutertes spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday.

Crystal worth 930 million euros

The government will keep only a small portion of it as evidence against suspects, but will no longer bother with keeping all seized drugs. “The president has set a one-week deadline for the destruction of the drugs,” said Roque.

Since Duterte took office about four years ago, authorities of the Southeast Asian island nation have seized more than seven tons of “Shabu” worth 53 billion Philippine pesos (930 million euros). Shabu is the local name for methamphetamine (crystal meth), the most commonly used drug in the Philippines. Large amounts of cocaine and marijuana were also seized.

Alleged violation of human rights

Duterte announced that he would crack down on drug criminals when he was elected in 2016. He threatened drug traffickers with death and encouraged detectives to shoot suspects instead of endangering their lives. Human rights activists have accused the government of serious human rights violations in their fight against drug-related crime. Thousands of drug suspects would have been systematically murdered.

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