Defense chiefs seeking derogation from the ban on foreign aid

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Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana said that he could ask President Rodrigo Duterte to exclude the army from his order to dismiss loans and grants from 18 nations that supported an investigation into the Philippine drug war.

The defense department buys property under its military modernization program and receives donations or loans from some nations.

Australia is one of 18 UN Human Rights Council member countries, which adopted Iceland’s resolution in July seeking a thorough report on the 3-year anti-narcotics crackdown on Duterte.

According to police information, the drive murdered some 6,600 suspects of drugs as of May. This is about half of an assessment by New York-based Human Rights Watch that pegged the number of fatalities at about 12,000, including those killed by police and unidentified killers allegedly inspired by the anti-drug campaign.

According to an opinion poll published over the weekend, about 8 out of 10 Filipinos are happy with the drug war. The Philippines can tap other bilateral partners outside the 18 governments that promote the drug campaign to be investigated by the UN.

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