MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte believes his war on drugs has been reaping gains, saying there are now fewer crime incidents in the country’s capital. Since assuming power three months ago, at least 1,800 have been killed in Duterte's bloody war on drugs, based on monitoring by ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group. A total of 1,109 or 60% were killed during police operations. Duterte's anti-crime campaign has alarmed the international community but he has remained unfazed by the criticisms, saying his war on drugs has resulted in fewer crimes, especially in Manila. “Kita mo ngayon, nawala. Iyung reduction ng crime, the dive [was] almost 50 percent. Now, it’s a bit peaceful to walk anywhere sa Manila,” he said in a speech in Davao City.
Even as the death toll in his bloody war rises by the day, Duterte has continued to shrug off observations that the campaign has resulted in human rights violations. In his speech, Duterte again lambasted Western governments for criticizing his anti-drug campaign, saying they don’t know the ills afflicting the Philippines’ justice system. Duterte argued, the justice system in the country is faulty at times that it has allowed drug users to go scot-free.
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