President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to return to the government’s war on illegal drugs but in a supporting role, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) keeping the lead overall in the campaign.
The drug enforcement agency took over the reins of the campaign in October amid growing public concern over drug-related killings during police operations.
The Philippine government is looking to establish a community-based economic zone in Marawi City to help the war-torn city bounce back in terms of economic growth and job opportunities for returning residents, the Finance department said.
In a statement, the department said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd briefly detailed the plan during a recent meeting with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. (SMBC) officials led by group CEO and president, Takeshi Kunibe.
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