>> The latest deaths on the frontlines of the Philippines bloody drug war. A young couple gunned down outside a convenience store. Their neighbors apparently knew them as drug users. This is the kind of brutality drawing Filipino police back on the drug beat. President Rodrigo Duterte recalling part of the force on Tuesday a month after they were suspended from the crackdown when the leader declared police were, quote, corrupt to the core.
As Reuters Martin Peddy explains, it's a surprise about face.>> The President insists this isn't a full scale redeployment of the police for the war on drugs. He's ordered his police chief to set up a task force, and be very selective about who joins it. He wants officers with an impeccable record, those who haven't engaged in any corruption, preferably young officers who are patriotic.
It's likely the president was convinced that drugs were returning, and it was time to put the police back in play. He's admitted there's a manpower issue, if there's no police conducting any raids, and there's a risk that gangs could be lost.>> There are signs drugs came back out of the shadows when the police were suspended last month.
Half a dozen users and dealers told Reuters they were openly trading meth in one of Manila's toughest neighborhoods.>> It's too soon to say whether the results will be any different, but certainly the strategy appears to be different. The police wouldn't be conducting any operations unsupervised. The military would come in in support, but everything would be led by the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency.
>> Officials deny police are behind thousands of the shadowy killings. Are they pulling the trigger themselves or hiring hit men to do it?