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Indonesia wants Philippine-style war on drugs

Indonesia wants Philippine-style war on drugsIndonesia is planning to enhance countrys fight against drugs and maintain its police force with more personnel and heavy weaponry, Budi Waseso, chief of Indonesia's national anti-narcotics agency (BNN), said late on Tuesday.

Two countries have both declared a "war on drugs," but accomplishing it in different ways. Indonesia has started up executions of drug convicts, when the Philippines have launched a crackdown on alleged drug dillers with hundreds of killed within months.

Waseso said that BNN would add weapons, investigators, technology, and sniffer dogs to its arsenal in order to fight one of the region's biggest narcotics markets.

Waseso was asked if Indonesia would follow Philippines-style drugs war, he said: "Yes I believe so. It can happen because (the drugs problem) in Indonesia is as bad as in the Philippines."

"The life of a dealer is meaningless because (he) carries out mass murder. How can we respect that?" he added.

However, a BNN spokesman Slamet Pribadi said Indonesia would not be as aggressive as its neighbor: "Our punishments have to be in accordance with our law and with national and international standards."

The leaders of two countries are scheduled to meet this week in Jakarta to discuss the ways to wipe out the region's drug trade among other questions.
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