1) PHILIPPINE POLICE CHIEF QUITS AMID DRUG ALLEGATIONS
The Philippine national police chief resigned today after he faced allegations that he intervened as a provincial police chief in 2013 to prevent his officers from being prosecuted for allegedly selling a huge quantity of illegal drugs they had seized.
General Oscar Albayalde said his decision relinquishing his post was accepted by officials over the weekend but he insisted on his innocence.
He resigned about three weeks before his scheduled retirement on Nov. 8.
The allegations against Albayalde were the latest dark cloud to loom over the national police force, which has largely been enforcing Duterte’s bloody anti-drug crackdown that has left thousands of mostly petty drug suspects dead.
2) SOUTH KOREA JUSTICE MINISTER OFFERS TO RESIGN AMID SCANDAL
South Korea’s justice minister today offered to step down amid an investigation into allegations of financial crimes and academic favors surrounding his family.
The minister, Cho Kuk, said in a statement that he was offering to resign to reduce President Moon Jae-in’s political burden.
Moon’s office didn’t immediately comment on whether Moon would accept Cho’s offer.
3) EXPLOSIONS IN SYRIA AS TURKISH OFFENSIVE CONTINUES
As Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria continued today, explosions could be seen in Ras al-Ayn, a border town that advancing Turkish-allied forces have seized.
Over the past five days, Turkish troops and their allies have pushed their way into northern towns and villages, clashing with the Kurdish fighters over a stretch of 200 kilometers.
Meanwhile, the United States appears to be heading toward full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos.