After the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo
Duterteâ€™s declared a bloody war on illegal drugs
andÂ gave the directive forÂ the
policeÂ to kill drug dealers, it has been a free for all
for the Filipino police and vigilantes.
In his first state of the nation address to parliament Mr Duterte, said that drugs were â€˜drowning his countryâ€™ and had to be stopped at all costs. â€˜Double your efforts. Triple them if need be,â€™ Mr Duterte told police.
â€˜We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered or been put behind bars â€¦ or below ground if you wish,â€™ he said.
In the streets, are the bodies of men killed by the police. Some men are seen stripped to their underwear, with their hands, feet and facesÂ tied. Others have their faces covered in tape before been shot in the head. Wives and family members areÂ seen crying andÂ clutching the lifeless bodies of their loved ones who were killed in the summary executions carried out by police officers, without the benefit of a full and fair trial.
According to human rights groups, the
statisticsÂ obtained from the police showed Mr
Duterteâ€™s violent crackdown has claimed the
lives of 293 suspected users and pushers in police operations
between July 1 and July 24. This figure does not include drug
dealers killed by vigilante groups and those working outside the
The president also made it clear thatÂ he would pardon police if they were charged with human rights violations.