>> A dramatic raid on three suspected drug dens in Manila. In a matter of minutes, agents from the Philippines' Drug Enforcement Agency, PDEA, arrest their four targets without spilling a drop of blood. This is one of the success stories of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Police waged most of that 18-month campaign until recently.
But they would take off it after rights groups accused them of executions. As Reuters' Peter Blase\g says, Duterte put the PDEA in charge.>> The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, or the PDEA, is tasked to lead President Duterte's war on drugs, after receiving reports of police misconduct and removing them from the operation.
Yet with limited manpower and resources, Duterte decided to bring back the police, but this time to actively support PDEA on their drug operations.>> Nearly 4,000 mostly urban poor Filipinos have been killed in Duterte's anti-drugs war, as Reuter's journalists found when they spent more than a week with a unit in Manila.
Its operatives are effective and rarely bloody. It can take weeks or even months for the agents to complete their intelligence gathering and surveillance before they can conduct their drug operations. They say this method helps with the case buildup later on, and their meticulous planning helps lessen casualties, both on the agents and their target.
But the PDEA lacks man power, with about 1000 agents against the police's 190,000. So despite their different tactics, it says it welcomes joining forces with the police.