Palace appreciates Sri Lanka calling drug war a success

[1] Sri Lanka announced Wednesday it would start hanging drug dealers, ending a near-half century moratorium on capital punishment as officials promised to "replicate the success" of the Philippines drug war.
[2] MalacaƱang on Thursday lauded the government of Sri Lanka for its plan to replicate the “success” of the Philippines’ war on drugs.
[3] Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has recognized Philippines’ successful approach against illegal drugs.
[4] This year, authorities in Sri Lanka destroyed $108 million worth of cocaine seized from a single shipment in the port of Colombo, which is a growing hub for international drug trafficking. While Sri Lanka does not appear to be a final destination for many of the drugs transiting the country, drug abuse has spiked in recent years, prompting the government to launch ambitious measures aimed at mitigating, and possibly eliminating, drug use by 2020.
[5] Since taking office on June 30, 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has carried out a “war on drugs” that has led to the deaths of over 12,000 Filipinos to date, mostly urban poor. At least 2,555 of the killings have been attributed to the Philippine National Police. Duterte and other senior officials have instigated and incited the killings in a campaign that could amount to crimes against humanity.
Palace welcomes Sri Lanka’s recognition of PH’s on war on drugs; By PTV News - CD - July 13, 2018;

How Sri Lanka, a Growing Drug Trafficking Hub, Is Fighting Drug Abuse at Home; by The Editors; Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018;

Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’; Human Rights Watch;

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