PHL-style drug crackdown gets the nod of Indonesian anti-narcotics chief

Indonesia's anti-narcotics chief Budi Waseso praised the move by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and called for a similar crackdown to be implemented in his country.

In a press conference, Waseso said that the drug problem in Indonesia is no different from that of the Philippines.

"The life of a dealer is meaningless because (he) carries out mass murder. How can we respect that?" he asked.

Indonesia's anti-narcotics agency BNN said it will upgrade its arsenal of weapons, training of officers, technology and equipment needed in the fight against the illegal drug trade.

While President Duterte has earned both praise and criticism for his efforts, both the Philippines and Indonesia apparently share the same philosophy in the war against illegal drugs.

"It can happen because (the illegal drugs problem) in Indonesia is as bad as in the Philippines," Waseso said.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is hosting Mr Duterte in Jakarta later this week, where discussions on how to tackle the drugs trade will be high on the agenda.

Indonesia already has some of the toughest drug laws in the world and ended a four-year moratorium on executions in 2013.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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