Vanda Felbab Brown, expert at Booking Institution "The right objective should be to minimize violence in criminal markets and maximize public health. To the President of the Philippines. ⁄ To the President of the Philippines. 36 In 2017, about 70,700 drug-related cases were filed in court, and about 21,400 were reviewed. Drug policy alternatives for the Philippines. Shoot-to-kill in the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte’s lawless war on drugs is wildly popular. President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in the Philippines in June 2016 and shortly thereafter declared a ‘War on Drugs’. 35 During the first 10 months of 2017, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted 34,744 drug enforcement operations, with 66,672 arrests. In 2016, there were 28,000 drug arrests—a 44 percent increase over 2015—and more than 47,300 drug-related cases were filed. Latest, News. And he is unlikely ever to be held to account for it Duterte to talk 'drug war,' West Philippine Sea at UN General Assembly — Palace Bella Perez-Rubio (Philstar.com) - September 21, 2020 - 4:45pm 37 According to … The Global Commission on Drug Policy was born from the recognition that the prohibitionist and repressive “war on drugs,” which has persisted for the past 50 years, has failed. September 12, 2016.