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Feb 23, 2018

Philippines drug war kills countless poor people, while the rich escape unscathed

Duterte’s war on drugs has become, like in every other nation where a drugs war is waged, an onslaught against the poor.

Antony Loewenstein

Journalist and author

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has maintained a firm grip on the Philippines since being elected in July 2016. Although public support is slipping, due partly to the brutality unleashed by his “war on drugs”, which has seen up to 20,000 people killed in 18 months, the general population still backs the leader. But the violence has done little to change the support of America and Australia for Duterte’s conflict against ISIS in the Philippines.

Yet dissent is rising. During a recent visit to the Philippines to investigate the country’s drug war, I saw posters of Duterte with a Hitler moustache. “Dictator” and “Fascist” were written below his name in Tagalog -- “Fight!” It was a message from the country’s biggest labour union. It was strong and direct, a sign of resistance. I saw, too, countless pro-Duterte posters in this battle of propaganda.

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  1. LW

    Duterte is sick and needs to be taken out

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