elections last year after promising to launch an unprecedented crackdown on crime in which tens of thousands of people would die.
Police have reported killing about 2,700 people since Duterte took office at the end of June and immediately launched his war on drugs.
More than 1,800 others have died in drug-related incidents, while about 5,700 other violent deaths are under investigation, according to police data.
At a United Nations human rights council hearing last week, many countries spoke out against the drug war.
Canada urged the Philippines to “end extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests and detention, torture and harassment”, with similar comments made by Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Ghana and other nations.
However, many Filipinos support the drug war, and Duterte has also won endorsements from China and some other Asian nations.
A Philippine lawyer last month filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court, accusing Duterte of mass murder in relation to the drug war.
Duterte’s spokesman Ernesto Abella welcomed yesterday’s rejection of the impeachment complaint.
“We maintain that it is rehashed, trumped up charges aimed at undermining the constituted government,” Abella said. AFP