President says he intends to extend crackdown on drugs by 'maybe another six months'

16 Oct 2016

More than 3,600 people have been killed in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days in office as part of his brutal crackdown on drugs.

The President recently said his crackdown on drug dealers and criminals will continue because he “cannot kill them all”.

Mr Duterte was elected in May on the promise of preventing the Philippines from becoming a “narco-state” and vowed to kill those involved in importing or selling illegal drugs.

He even likened his national crackdown to the Holocaust and said he would be  “happy” to slaughter as many addicts as Adolf Hitler massacred Jews.

The scale of his crackdown has been unprecedented. A rough estimate puts the death toll around 3,600, including 1,300 suspects killed in gun battles with police – an average of 36 killings a day since he took office on 30 June.

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