The president of the Philippines has attracted attention for his controversial anti-drug policy. More than 3,600 people in the Philippines have been killed since he began his nationwide war on drug.
In his annual state of the nation address, President Rodrigo Duterte has said his brutal war on drugs in the Philippines "is far from over." Thousands rallied outside Congress against his autocratic rule.
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo has been seen as a potential rival to President Duterte. Experts say that Duterte's mistakes and midterm elections are an opportunity for Robredo to challenge him more directly.
It has been two years since Duterte became president of the Philippines and unleashed a brutal war on drugs. The death toll is high but nobody seems to know the real numbers — not even the police, as a DW research shows.
Antonio Halili had presented himself as an anti-drug hard-liner, though he also appeared on President Duterte's "narco list." His killer managed to escape undetected.
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