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    Duterte Halts Drug War, Turns Against Police

    “You policemen are the most corrupt.” So said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who’s halted his notably violent signature war on drugs after officers allegedly kidnapped and killed Jee Ick Joo, a South Korean businessman, inside police headquarters last fall — one of more than 7,000 murdered during the crackdown. Police also reportedly extorted $100,000 from Jee’s wife. Duterte spoke of “cleansing” the police force, despite earlier praise of harsh measures for purging the country of drug users before a March deadline. He now says he’ll dissolve all anti-drug units.

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