Philippine president names herself as anti-drugs chief

Manila,(AFP) – President Gloria Arroyo named herself as the Philippines’ anti-drugs overlord Tuesday, saying she needed to step in to save her country’s judicial system from being corrupted by narcotics traffickers.

Arroyo has ordered five state prosecutors to go on leave as the government probes claims they were offered bribes to dismiss complaints against alleged traffickers arrested last year in sting operations around Manila.

“Governments that delay action against illegal drugs, or regard it as a routine police matter, do so at their own peril,” Arroyo told members of her cabinet.

“A country awash with illegal drugs is a country compromised, its law and order institutions tainted and corrupted.” [Read More...]

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