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Alleged kingpins spared from Philippines’ war on drugs

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PHILIPPINES prosecutors have set aside complaints against several suspected drug kingpins, citing lack of evidence to bring them to trial.

This came amid President Rodrigo Duterte bloody war on drugs, in which the leader had publicly named and shamed provincial politicians and businessmen as “drug lords” controlling the narcotics trade in the Southeast Asian nation.

“We are mindful of the zealous intention of the complainant to eliminate the illegal drug menace prevalent in our country today, and it is public knowledge that this fight has taken numerous lives,” a Department of Justice panel said in a ruling seen by Reuters, dated Dec 20 last year, but not made public.

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