Remembering 2016 World News: Philippines

A bloody drug war in the Philippines

 (Linus Guardian Escandor II / For The Times)
(Linus Guardian Escandor II / For The Times)

Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun you have my support

Rodrigo Duterte

Soon after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was inaugurated on June 30, he launched a war on drugs that has claimed the lives of more than 5,000 suspected drug dealers and users, most of them killed by vigilantes emboldened by Duterte’s rhetoric. “Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun you have my support,” he said on June 6, in a nationally televised address. “Shoot [the drug dealer] and I’ll give you a medal.” After United Nations human rights experts called on Duterte to stop the extrajudicial killings, the president threatened to pull the Philippines out of the U.N.

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