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Philippines Police Kill Scores in Drug War’s Bloodiest Week Yet

HeadlineAug 17, 2017
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In the Philippines, police killed 26 people in drug raids across the capital Manila overnight, continuing what human rights groups are calling the bloodiest week yet of President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called war on drugs. The killings followed 32 more deaths the previous night during police raids in Bulacan province. Authorities insisted those killed died in shootouts with police, but human rights groups say most of the dead were summarily executed. Filipino security forces and vigilantes have killed more than 7,000 suspected drug users and dealers since Duterte launched his campaign against drugs last year.

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