Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, one of his signature policies, has raised concern in the West over alleged extra-judicial killings. Duterte has dismissed these protests, especially from the Philippines’ longtime ally, the US. He told US President Barack Obama last week to “go to hell.” He also said the Philippines “would not beg” for US aid and dared its spy agency, the CIA, to oust him. The maverick former Davao city mayor has expressed anger over US “colonial rule” and what he called “reprimands” from Washington about his bloody war on drugs. Philippine officials say their president’s policy is resonating well with Filipinos.
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