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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

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