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Philippines president puts $43k bounty on ‘ninja’ cops protecting drug lords

President Rodrigo Duterte presents a chart illustrating a drug trade network

President Rodrigo R. Duterte shows a copy of a diagram showing the connection of high level drug syndicates operating in the country during a press conference at Malacañang on July 7, 2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photographers Division

The president of the Philippines has taken his much criticized war on drugs to another level, placing a bounty on the heads of “ninja” cops protecting drug syndicates. He said they will “face a day of reckoning,” announcing a US$43,000 reward on their heads.

“I might be inclined to place a reward on their heads, the members of the ninja or the members of the police who are protecting the drug syndicates in this country. I am placing per head 2 million peso [$43,000],” President Rodrigo Duterte said in a National Heroes Day speech on Monday.

“I want the police and the armed forces to destroy the drug apparatus in this country,” he told retired and serving soldiers, government officials, and foreign diplomats.

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