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Published on June 3, 2021 10:24 AM

by Jim Gomez, The Associated Press

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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president has rejected full public disclosure of details of his administration's deadly anti-drug crackdown, citing national security.

President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised remarks Monday night that divulging confidential information like intelligence about suspects used by law enforcers for drug raids could undermine his administration's campaign against criminality. Duterte has long faced demands from human rights groups to open up police records about the drug killings for scrutiny and for him to agree to an international investigation, a call he has steadfastly rejected.

Duterte compared the anti-drug crackdown to the government's war against communist New People's Army guerrillas.

"This is a national security issue like the NPA," he said.

Duterte said people could inquire about general details of how drug raids were carried out and could even observe them from a safe distance. "But if you ask what prompted the police and the military to go into this kind of operation based on their reports and collated dossiers, you cannot intrude into that," he said, adding that he himself has limited knowledge of the drug operations...