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Philippines’ Deadly Drug War

Almost 2,300 have been killed in a drug war since Rodrigo Duterte took power in the Philippines on June 30 — the equivalent of 20 per day.

A boy arrives at the spot where his father was killed in a police operation shortly before in Manila, Philippines on Oct. 18, 2016. 

The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president less than four months ago months on a pledge to wipe out the illegal drug trade, has reached around 2,300, according to official figures. Over 1,600 of the deaths occurred during police operations, alarming human-rights groups, the United Nations, Western governments and Catholic priests.

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A woman cries after her husband was shot dead by unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in Manila on Oct. 10.

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Armed security forces take a part in a drug raid in Manila on Oct. 7.

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The body of 22-year-old pedicab driver Eric Sison lies in a coffin in a Manila slum on Aug. 29.

According to local officials, he was killed when the police was looking for drug pushers in Pasay. 

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A body is taken out of a house where two men were killed during a drugs related police operation on Oct. 19. 

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Kasandra Kate, 12, cries over the open coffin of her father Verigilio Mirano during his funeral at Navotas Public Cemetery in Manila on Oct. 14. 

According to a family member, Mirano, who was using drugs but stopped after Rodrigo Duterte became the president, was killed by masked gunmen at his home on Sept. 27th. 

 

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Heavy rain pours as the body of a man killed by unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles is left in a narrow alley in Manila on Oct. 11.  

 

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A food vendor holds a baby as funeral workers carry the body of one of two men killed inside a slum in port area in Manila on Oct. 21.

 

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A woman cradles the body of her husband, who was killed on a street by a vigilante group, according to police, in a spate of drug-related killings in Pasay on July 23. 

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A relative of a slain alleged drug user, who was killed during a police operation against illegal drugs, mourning in Paranaque on Sept. 14. 

 

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The body of a man killed by unknown gunmen is lit by lights from TV cameras in Manila on Oct. 24. 

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Janeth Mejos reacts as the body of her father Paquito Mejos is taken out of their home shortly after he was killed in a police operation in Manila on Oct. 14.  

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A relative carries the son of Eric Quintinita Sison during burial rites in Pasay on Aug. 31. 

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A man cleans blood from the floor inside the house where two person were killed during a drugs related police operation in Manila on Oct. 19. 

 

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Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station in Manila on Oct. 12. 

More than 700,000 drug dependents surrendered to authorities. According to reports, Duterte received an "excellent" rating for his war on drugs during a recent opinion poll, with 84 percent of Filipinos respondents said they are satisfied with the drug crackdown.  

 

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