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Duterte declares he is a ‘dictator’ as ICC launches investigation into drug war

PHILLIPINES President Rodrigo Duterte has declared he is a dictator in order to get things done, as the International Criminal Court (ICC) officially announced an investigation into his administration’s war on drugs on Thursday. The ICC said in a statement it was launching a preliminary examination into alleged crimes committed in the Philippines under the anti-drug campaign hours after the president’s office said he was prepared to “personally” defend himself in court. “It has been alleged that since 1 July 2016, thousands of persons have been killed for reasons related to their alleged involvement in illegal drug use or dealing,” said the Prosecutor of the ICC Fatou Bensouda. SEE ALSO: Duterte says would rather be shot than extend term “While some of such killings have reportedly occurred in the context of clashes between or within gangs, it is alleged that many of the reported incidents involved extra-judicial killings in the...

 

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