Drug dealer deaths rise in Philip­pines

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

The bod­ies of dozens of sus­pected drug ped­dlers have turned up in the Philip­pines in re­cent weeks, pro­vid­ing an eerie back­drop to the swear­ing-in of Ro­drigo Duterte, who has warned of a bloody pres­i­dency in his bid to erad­i­cate crime. Some of the dead were killed in gun­fights with po­lice; oth­ers mys­te­ri­ously turned up on the street. One was dumped with sign: “Don’t fol­low me or you’ll die next.” The num­bers of bod­ies have spiked since Duterte swept the May elec­tions on prom­ises to wipe out crime and cor­rup­tion within six months. That bold pledge won him huge sup­port but also sparked con­cerns about vig­i­lante jus­tice and a lack of due process. Nick­named “Duterte Harry” af­ter a Clint East­wood char­ac­ter with lit­tle re­gard for rules, he says he plans to ful­fill his promise de­spite crit­i­cism from hu­man rights ad­vo­cates and church of­fi­cials and dares his crit­ics to im­peach him.

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