President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war has gripped international headlines because of seeming made-for-movies tales of deaths that put the Philippine police under intense scrutiny.
Behind this dramatic narrative are the boring policies – circulars and court decisions that made silent ripples in the legal behind-the-scenes of this campaign.
We discuss the struggle of prosecutors to win these cases.
Policy talk is boring, but it gives you a glimpse of a system that may be breaking down.
Just recently, the Department of Justice created a review panel that sought to investigate gaps in the system that resulted in the lack of criminal prosecution for cops involved in 5,655 deaths in police drug war operations. (PODCAST: Law of Duterte Land: Can we trust the gov't panel probing drug war deaths?)
Policy issues are what international investigators are also looking at to answer this question: Is the Philippine government doing enough to stop the abuses and fix the system?
Or is it time to step in and prosecute President Rodrigo Duterte?
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