Duterte asks local executives for help in drug war

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte sought assistance from local government units on Tuesday in connection with the ongoing campaign to rid the country of the illegal drug menace.

Duterte, who attended a local governance event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City, said he was surprised at the extent of the drug problem across the country — and said he was thinking of turning over a third drug list to governors and mayors so that they could check on it and find solutions in their territories.

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Over the last few days, the President had admitted that the drug problem might outlast his six-year term. He also had asked for a six-month extension on the anti-drug war. It can be recalled that during the campaign, he said he would lick criminality and illegal drugs in just six months in office.

The President added that he wasn't bothered by critics of his anti-drug campaign. To international groups, he said there was no law prohibiting him from threatening criminals.

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He then posed a challenge to critics, including the United Nations, U.S. and now, the European Union: a cross examination vis-a-vis their accusations.

CNN Philippines' Triciah Terada contributed to this report.