The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa has ordered to suspend their anti-illegal drug operations until they have cleansed "scalawags" in their ranks, after the killing of a South Korean businessmen by rogue officers.
"To all the rogue cops, beware! We no longer have a war on drugs. We now have a war on scalawags," said Director-General Ronald dela Rosa in a news conference.
Dela Rosa's pronouncement came a few hours after he said he would disband anti-drugs units following the kidnapping and killing of businessman Jee Ick-joo in the national police headquarters in October.
But President Rodrigo Duterte promised on Sunday to forge ahead with his war on drugs until the last day of his term.
"We will cleanse our ranks... then maybe after that, we can resume our war on drugs. The president told us to clean the organisation first," Dela Rosa said.
"I don't know how long it will take to cleanse the PNP. But with each and every one of us cooperating, helping each other, maybe in a month, we can do it."
Duterte said police officials who had been the subject of internal investigations should be reassigned to work in conflict zones.
He said he underestimated the depth of problem, and on Sunday promised the crackdown would continue until the end of his six-year presidency, and criticism would not stop him.