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Philippines Undercounts Recent ‘Drug War’ Deaths

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image The mother of a "drug war" victim holds his portrait in her home in Caloocan City, Philippines, March 2022. © 2022 Eloisa Lopez/Reuters The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday sought to downplay recent killings in the so-called “war on drugs,” claiming the death toll since the inauguration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was “very minimal.” The police reported that 46 people were killed during anti-drug operations since Marcos took office on June 30. But this is far below the estimate of the University of the Philippines’ Third World Studies Center, whose…

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