More than 7,000 people have been killed since last July 1, as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continues to wage his ruthless war on crime.
Duterte came to office in June last year promising to tackle drug trafficking by repeating the hardline police tactics he had employed as mayor of the city of Davao.
The results of this strategy were detailed in the annual human rights report released by Trump’s own top diplomat Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in March. “Extrajudicial killings have been the chief human rights concern in the country for many years and they increased sharply over the past year,” the report said.
Rights groups also report thousands of deaths in an allegedly orchestrated campaign — and Duterte himself has made no effort to disguise his support for the killings. (AFP)