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FEATURING SANHO TREE – It has been a year since the Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte took office and over the course of the year, it is reported that Mr. Duterte has been responsible for the extra-judicial killings of 7,000 people in the name of the “drug war.”

There is almost no modern-day comparison to a democratically elected leader who has been so openly responsible for so much bloodshed. And yet Duterte has received praise from the likes of Donald Trump and as he begins the second year of his tenure, he enjoys a whopping 75-80% approval rating among Filipinos.

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Sanho Tree, Fellow, Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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