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Death Toll Climbs Over Duterte's Drug War

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - AUGUST 19: Police cordon off a crime scene of a shootout which killed two unidentified gunmen on August 19, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The death toll from the Philippines' war on drugs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte has spiked to nearly 1,800 since he took office in June, a figure much higher than the 900 deaths previously cited by officials. International human rights advocates have condemned the killings as out of control and are calling on the government to end the nightly drug raids and investigate extrajudicial killings, although the president has lashed out at critics and threatened to withdraw from the United Nations. According to reports, investigations are still ongoing for 1,067 drug-related killings, reportedly carried out by vigilantes but it was unclear how many were directly related to the illegal drug trade. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Death Toll Climbs Over Duterte's Drug War


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August 19, 2016
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