Cocaine cartels gaining a stronger foothold in the Philippines, says Duterte

NOTORIOUSLY known for his deadly war on drugs, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has warned the nation’s elite of cocaine reaching the country’s shores at a fast pace as cartels gain a stronger footing in the country. “The rich, be on guard. Cocaine is coming in very fast. The cartels of Mexico and South America have come in,” Duterte said at an event in Tarlac City on Wednesday, as quoted by the Inquirer. The firebrand leader said cocaine and shabu, the street name for methamphetamine, is becoming an increasing problem in the country. SEE ALSO: Philippines: ‘Old and tired’ Duterte wants to cede power by 2020    Police say they have killed about 4,100 drug dealers, in shootouts, but have no ties to unidentified armed men who have killed hundreds of drug users. The government denies activists’ allegations that drug dealers and users are being systematically targeted for execution. Duterte also denied...


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