Indonesia to adopt Philippine-style Anti-Drug Campaign

Indonesia's anti-narcotics chief plans to apply Philippines' campaign against illegal drugs.

Indonesia had already stepped up their anti-drug campaign by executing drug convicts and now plans to apply the Philippine aggressive campaign.

Budi Waseso, chief of Indonesia’s national anti-narcotics agency (BNN), said late on Tuesday that the agency was in the process of adding weapons, investigators, technology, and sniffer dogs to its arsenal as it steps up law enforcement efforts in one of the region’s biggest narcotics markets.

When asked if Indonesia can be as aggressive as the Philippines in fighting drugs, Waseso said: “Yes I believe so. It can happen because (the drugs problem) in Indonesia is as bad as in the Philippines”.

“The life of a dealer is meaningless because (he) carries out mass murder. How can we respect that?,” he added.

However, a BNN spokesman said Indonesia would not be as aggressive as its neighbour. “Our punishments have to be in accordance with our law and with national and international standards,” said spokesman Slamet Pribadi.

Since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June, 2,400 people have been killed in his “war on drugs”. About 900 died in police operations and the rest authorities say were “deaths under investigation”, a term human rights activists say is a euphemism for vigilante and extrajudicial killings.

The bloody campaign has drawn condemnation from organisations like the United Nations, which calls the killings unlawful.

But Duterte has refused to back down, promising that “plenty will be killed” before achieving his goal of a drugs-free country.

(Source: Yahoo News)

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