Written by Zachary Tan

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly admitted to the state sponsorship of the extrajudicial killings which has claimed many lives across the archipelago in his “War on Drugs” crusade. While official statistics assert that the death toll remains around 4,500, human rights groups based in the Philippines have estimated the actual number to be around 12,000 since the policy began in June 2016. The recent admission on Thursday may lend steam to the ongoing investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands, which published a 77-page report detailing the number of deaths to be more than 8,000. The ICC inquiry was filed in February this year for crimes against humanity committed by the Philippine government and the police. As the state of wanton killings in the Philippines continues, Duterte remains stubborn and unforgiving on his brutality.


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