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Of­fi­cers con­victed: A Philip­pine court sen­tenced three po­lice of­fi­cers to 40 years in prison each last week for the 2017 mur­der of a 17-yearold boy, the first such con­vic­tions for killings ex­plic­itly en­cour­aged by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte as part of his war on drugs. Nearly 5,000 peo­ple are thought to have been mur­dered by the po­lice, and many more by un­of­fi­cial mili­tias, since Duterte came to of­fice in 2016 telling ci­ti­zens and po­lice to “go ahead and kill” drug users and deal­ers. Of­fi­cers rou­tinely claim their vic­tims pulled guns and re­sisted ar­rest. But in the slay­ing of teenager Kian Lloyd de­los San­tos, sur­veil­lance cam­era footage and foren­sic ev­i­dence proved they were ly­ing. Hu­man rights ac­tivists aren’t cel­e­brat­ing the con­vic­tions yet: Duterte has promised to par­don any of­fi­cer con­victed of mur­der dur­ing the crack­down.

The mur­der­ous cops leave court.

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