WASHINGTON – Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of ordering the killings of thousands of his citizens in his “war on drugs.” He has told human rights activists he will have them shot, too, if they protest. He has imprisoned his critics.
And in the coming days Duterte will get a face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump as the U.S. president wraps up his current trip to Asia. The two leaders, according to the White House, have established “a warm rapport.”
“It’s incredibly troubling,” said Joanne Lin, an Amnesty International official. “If you look at Duterte’s record, he has overseen this campaign of extrajudicial killings. The evidence is overwhelming.”
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