24 October 2016Last updated

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Philippines gets taste of Duterte anti-crime war

Across the nation police have already reported killing more than 20 alleged drug suspects over the past fortnight

12 Jun 2016 | 01:13 pm
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Armed police are detaining crying children, bewildered drunks and shirtless men throughout the Philippine capital in a night-time blitz that is offering an authoritarian taste of life under incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.

The incendiary lawyer won last month's elections in a landslide largely on a pledge to end or suppress what he said was rampant crime, warning the Philippines was in danger of becoming a narco-state and that tens of thousands of criminals would be killed in his crackdown.

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