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US shifts aid from anti-drug operations to maritime security

he United States has switched its police assistance program in the Philippines from drug control to maritime security in the light of human rights violations in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. The US remains deeply concerned by reports of extrajudicial killings by or at the behest of government authorities in the Philippines, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “Since the start of the drug campaign, our law enforcement assistance has been refocused away from narcotics control to supporting maritime security efforts and to providing human rights training to the Philippine National Police,” Kirby said.“We decided the prudent thing to do was to refocus the way that assistance was being spent,” Kirby said.

Source: Philstar