The “Sinners” and Victims of Duterte’s War on Drugs

The infamous Rodrigo Duterte is on a high.

Three years after assuming the presidency and 27,000 dead bodies later, his administration has now set a new record: a whopping +72 net satisfaction score for general performance, the highest rating for any administration in the Philippines since 1989.[1] The midterm elections in May 2019 have put his allies in power: new Filipino senators include Imee Marcos, daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and Bato dela Rosa, ex-National Police Chief and Duterte’s drug war henchman. With a weakened political opposition,[2] and critics like Senator Leila de Lima and Rappler’s Maria Ressa facing relentless persecution,[3] Duterte is now enjoying the tightest grip on the Filipino nation that any president has enjoyed since Marcos.

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