DRUG: Several Filipino officials surrender to meet President’s deadline

Dozens of government officials in the Philippines have surrendered to police after the country’s new president publicly linked them to illegal drugs.

President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking in the city of Davao, named 150 officials he accused of involvement in the country’s drug trade.

Those he named include members of congress, police officials, five retired and current generals and at least seven judges, and gave them a 24-hour deadline to surrender to police.

Police say several of those accused have turned themselves in, including 18 mayors and 31 police officials.

Duterte, who took office on June 30, has pledged to rid the country of crime within six months by assassinating thousands of suspected criminals — or at least authorizing the police, military, and others to kill them on his behalf. 

Since then, at least 564 people have been killed, according to the Philippine a comprehensive resource on the drug war’s death toll.

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