More than 7,000 people have been killed since summer 2016 when President Rodrigo Duterte launched his campaign to wipe out drug dealers and users. The rule of law has in effect been suspended. Police and vigilantes have carte blanche.
Anti-drug squads in the Philippines have executed 32 people in 24 hours, marking the bloodiest day in the country's "war on drugs." Duterte praised the killings, calling on the police to kill "another 32 everyday."
The powerful Catholic Church in the Philippines has raised its voice against the government's brutal war on drugs. More than 80 people have been killed by police in the last week alone.
Police killings of suspected drug dealers have spiked, with 60 recorded deaths so far this year compared to 18 in 2016. The trend has led Amnesty International to warn that the country could be emulating the Philippines.
President Rodrigo Duterte has responded angrily to US lawmakers opposed to the prospect of him visiting the White House. The firebrand leader says they needn't worry because he would never visit "lousy" America anyway.
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