The new president’s extreme hardline stance on crime has alarmed rights groups
By Will Worley
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte. REUTERS by Erik De Castro
The strongman president of the Philippines has told people to “go ahead and kill” drug addicts.
Former lawyer Rodrigo Duterte was only sworn in at the end of June but has already incited the killing of large numbers of criminals, in particular drug traffickers.
The controversial figure is known for his hardline stance on crime, with his favoured position to simply kill people he regards as lawbreakers. During his time as mayor of Davao city, once crime ridden but now peaceful, he gained a reputation for being involved in extra-judicial killings.
It appears his presidency could be marked by the same trait. Just after his inauguration, he told an audience in a Manila slum: “If you know of…
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