Asia Unhedged | Despite slip in polls, Duterte’s drug war still enjoys 78% support
People view a photo exhibit in Manila of victims of extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war. Photo: AFP, Ted Aljibe
People view a photo exhibit in Manila of victims of extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war. Photo: AFP, Ted Aljibe
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Despite slip in polls, Duterte’s drug war still enjoys 78% support

The Philippine president’s brutal crackdown has resulted in the deaths of almost 9,000 suspected drug users and dealers, and has led to widespread condemnation by human rights groups, but polls say people are still supportive

April 19, 2017 11:22 PM (UTC+8)

According to survey results released Wednesday, 78% of Philippine respondents still support a brutal campaign to crackdown on drug activity in the country, reports Reuters.

The number is down from a previous approval rating of 85%, but still shows overwhelming support for the drug war, which has been denounced by human rights groups.

Nearly 9,000 suspected drug users and dealers have been killed during the campaign, during which police and vigilantes have reportedly received cash rewards for executing suspects.

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