Published on 16 Aug 2017 Sections ,

‘New depths of barbarity’ and creeping authoritarianism in Duterte’s Philippines

Asia Correspondent

It was the deadliest night in a deadly war on drugs, as Philippine police killed 32 people alleged of involvement in the drugs trade, the highest death toll in a single day of police operations since President Duterte took office. Amnesty International declared the shootings in Bulacan province had plumbed “new depths of barbarity”. A warning: this report contains some distressing footage.