Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has dropped all pretenses that his infamous drug war is anything but a war on the poor. “They say, ‘Duterte kills the poor.’ I haven’t heard of the children of [billionaires] Lucio Tan or Gokongwei selling drugs,” the president said in a speech on Saturday, according to Rappler. “Of course it will be the poor people, because the poor are ignorant and more likely to be hit.”
President Rodrigo Duterte
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has revived his bloody war on drugs, and it’s bigger than ever. Last week, the strongman president signed an executive order published Friday that pulls 21 state agencies into the drug war under the joint command of a new “super agency.”
One senator’s human rights objections prevented the U.S. from selling 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines’ national police, according to new reports. Four senators raised similar concerns about a $1.5 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, but could not stop the sale.
President Rodrigo Duterte is waging a deadly war on drugs in the Philippines, and the international human rights community has…