In his first state of the nation address to parliament Mr Duterte, said that drugs were 'drowning his country' and had to be stopped at all costs. 'Double your efforts. Triple them if need be,' Mr Duterte told police.
'We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered or been put behind bars ... or below ground if you wish,' he said.
The president also made it clear that he would pardon police if they were charged with human rights violations.