WASHINGTON — Republican Donald Trump and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin have pledged their full support towards the ongoing drug war in Philippines embarked by President Duterte.
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Speaking on the matter, Putin also acknowledged Duterte for his good works and pledged to provide him with any assistance that he may need to fight drugs in the Philippines.
Lifeless bodies lying on the streets of the Philippines are a visceral sign of new President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. So far more than 1,900 people have died. Of those more than 700 have been killed in police operations since Duterte took office in late June, according to police statistics. Many of the unsolved deaths are attributed to vigilantes.
Duterte’s tough talk on the country’s drug and crime problems won him the election and, 60 days on from his inauguration, he remains extremely popular for fulfilling his campaign promises.
“Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars — or below the ground, if they so wish,” he said in his July 25 State of the Nation speech.