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"Keeping the youth well-informed about the dangers of illegal drugs and with parents' positive relationship with them may be helpful and effective to prevent drug abuse or for them to stay away from prohibited drugs", Martinez said.

The war on drugs waged by Rodrigo Duterte is controversial because of its exceptionally high death toll, concerns that innocent people have been killed and a sense that the president and authorities are acting with impunity.

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed a memorandum allowing the Philippine National Police (PNP) to have an "active participation" in his brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, Malacañang said on Tuesday, December 5.

Duterte, 72, was elected previous year on a promise to eradicate drugs from society by launching an unprecedented campaign in which up to 100,000 people would die.

"As many as 60 children have been killed in anti-drug operations since June 2016", the human rights group said in its report on Monday.

Filipinos have mostly backed Duterte's bloody campaign, but the hugely popular president's satisfaction rating suffered from its sharpest dip since he took power following the killing of three minors in the hands of rogue officers in the country's capital.

Police Chief Inspector Varrie Villanobos of PNP Dumaguete City said that despite the suspension of PNP's anti-drug operations, the police station is still conducting patrol deployment plan that include motorcycle, beat, and on foot patrol for 24 hours.

Duterte said the anti-drug agency, which has only 2,000 officers, could not effectively carry out the crackdown.

Citing lack of manpower, the firebrand leader later reactivated police anti-drug activities.

More than 12 police officers have been investigated for the killing after the case received worldwide attention, but no one has yet been held to account.

In February, however, Duterte removed the power from the police to go after drug suspects after some policemen were linked to a series of "tokhang for ransom".

Human rights watchdogs said most of the fatalities in the crackdown have been extrajudicial killings committed by cops-an allegation that the government has vehemently and repeatedly denied by insisting that police were only killing in self-defense.

In January he did the same after it was revealed officers involved in the anti-drug campaign murdered a South Korean businessmen inside national police headquarters. But he reinstated the police soon afterwards without making major reforms to address the graft issue.

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