MANILA, Philippines – In the government’s continuing war against illegal drugs, it’s kill or be killed.
The Philippines’ top cop and even President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly told law enforcers not to waver in the crackdown against drugs – to shoot suspected drug users if necessary, if they fight back.
But as images of lifeless bodies on Manila’s streets grab international headlines, the police force finds itself having to defend itself from criticism of human rights violations and inaction against extrajudicial killings. In the war against drugs, who wins and who loses? – Rappler.com
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