Leicester Mercury

‘Jail me for anti-drugs crackdown’


THE Philippine President has said he has no problem with being held responsibl­e for the many killings under his anti-drugs crackdown, adding that he was ready to face charges that could land him in jail.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks were among his clearest acknowledg­ement of the prospects that he could face a deluge of criminal charges for the bloody campaign he launched after taking office in mid-2016.

Nearly 6,000 killings of drug suspects have been reported by police but rights watchdogs suspect the death toll is far larger.

“If there’s killing there, I’m saying I’m the one ... you can hold me responsibl­e for anything, any death that has occurred in the execution of the drug war,” Mr Duterte said.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

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