Philippine drug war chief quits amid narcotics scandal

THE Philippines’ top policeman, who leads the nation’s deadly drugs crackdown, quit today as he faces allegations of protecting officers accused of selling a huge haul of seized narcotics.

Though the scandal dates from before Oscar Albayalde’s time as national police chief, it has raised fresh criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature campaign, which is key to his massive popularity among Filipinos.