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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.
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.
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.