300 Philippines police officers among drugs suspects
Police in the Philippines, which is engaged in a weeks-long war on drugs, say hundreds of officers are suspected to be involved in illegal narcotics trade.
National police chief Ronald dela Rosa said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that about 300 officers were on a watch list on suspicion of selling the drugs seized in anti-smuggling operations.
The officers are also accused of protecting the syndicates involved in the production and distribution of narcotics.
The official said they would be removed and charged in court if found guilty.
The senate inquiry was being conducted by Senator Leila de Limaa, a critic of president Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched a crackdown on illegal drug in the seven weeks since he took power.
Rosa told the panel that about 1,900 people had been killed during the crackdown. Among the killings, 40 deaths were due to enmity or robbery, said the police official.