Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (Source: Reuters)
Hanoi (VNA) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on August 29 promised rewards running to tens of thousands of USD for information leading to the capture of police officers protecting drug syndicates.

In a National Heroes Day speech, Duterte said there would be no let-up in a "war on drugs" in which - according to police figures - more than 1,900 people have been killed in the fight since he came to power two months ago.

He said he considers the fight against drugs a war as drugs have infected every nook and corner, adding that he was placing a 2 million peso (43,000 USD) bounty on information leading to the capture of drug-linked police officers.

Duterte last month named about 160 officials, judges, police and soldiers who he said were covering up for drug traffickers.

The Philippine President waged a war against drug right after taking office on June 30. The fight is expected to finish within six months.-VNA