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Duterte’s Pledges of Rewards Encourage War Crimes

Expand New People’s Army rebels sing during an anniversary celebration in Surigao del Sur province in the southern Philippines, December 2010.  © 2010 Erik de Castro / Reuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte turned up his incendiary rhetoric against the communist insurgency, declaring last week that he would pay members of indigenous communities 20,000 pesos (US$380) for each rebel they killed. Duterte said at a press briefing on Friday that he would train the Lumad – the collective name for indigenous peoples in the southern Philippines – to be paramilitaries. “You want money? I'll…

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