Over 100 organizations have asked Apple to remove games from its app store featuring Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa yesterday disbanded all Drug Enforcement Units and ordered police personnel to stop operations under the controversial Project Double Barrel and Oplan Tokhang, which critics say has led to extrajudicial killings.
Oplan Double Barrel is the PNP's campaign against high-value drug targets, which resulted in killings of drug suspects.
As the administration's war on drugs entered its second year in June, they promised there will be no let up in the anti-drug campaign.
NBI Director Dante Gierran said the President's order will allow them to focus on the government's campaign against corruption and other issues.
Police waged an all-out war against illegal drugs upon Duterte's orders.
The police relaunched the "less bloody" anti-illegal drugs campaign on March 6. "We are ready, we can do it", Carreon said.
Cascolan said the PNP's Drug Enforcement Group will remain as a unit.
"If there is good intelligence information, they will pass them to PDEA", he said.
That suspension came after a South Korean businessman was kidnapped and killed by anti-drug police. Internal cleansing refers to operations to apprehend corrupt police officers in the PNP's ranks.
Earlier in the day, there appeared to have been a miscommunication between Dela Rosa and PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos.
Police say they have killed over 3,850 people in anti-drugs operations since Duterte took office previous year.
"We will take the lead in all of these - high-level drug pushing, mid-level, and street level".
The PDEG was activated last March after the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force was dissolved over the involvement of several cops in the kidnapping and killing of Korean trader Jee Ick-joo in October previous year.
"PDEA will also lead in the establishing a broad anti-drug coalition, working with agencies - LGUs (local government units), civil society, the Church, business, academe and media to push prevention and rehabilitation initiatives", he added.
"It's not a question of failure; it's a question of more effectivity, optimizing the efforts, and they are widening the scope of responsibility", Abella said in a press conference.