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Monday, August 15, 2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte won a landslide election in May on the promise to kill thousands of drug dealers and addicts.  

To date, at least 1,000 people have been murdered and 60,000 addicts have signed up in for treatment at clinics around the country.

"Those sons of whores are destroying our children......I warn you, don't go into that, even if you are a policeman because I will really kill you" the President said during an election speech in Manila.

During the election campaign, he said that 100,000 people would die and there would be so many bodies in Manila Bay, the fish would grow fat from feeding off them.  He promised to pardon police if they were charged with human rights offences for carrying out his orders.

However, the US has suggested that military aid could be withheld if respect for human rights is not upheld.

As more and more people are found dead in the streets, no suspects have been arrested and Human Rights lawyers are worried that the President is creating a nation without judges.