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16 Aug 2017

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

Foreign Affairs 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.