U.S., PH ink ₱102-M deal to reduce 'drug demand'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — The United States committed ₱102 million to support public health and community-based interventions in solving the Philippines' drug problem.

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano signed on Friday an amended agreement, which gives the additional funding from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

"Under this agreement, the United States and the Philippines will collaborate on areas ranging from treatment and prevention to policy development to support a comprehensive public health program focused on reducing the demand for drugs," the U.S. Embassy's statement said.

The first Letter of Agreement (LOA) on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement was signed in 2011 by then Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas.

In December 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte said U.S. President Donald Trump supports the administration's drug war.

Read: Duterte: Trump supports the Philippines' drug war

However, Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, has received a number of curses from Duterte for criticizing the anti-drug campaign, which has killed more than 3,800 drug suspects since July 2016 to August 2017, according to government data.

Read: Duterte tells Obama to 'go to hell,' explains frustration with U.S.