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The Philippines’ outgoing president said he intends to execute three to five drug lords before leaving office next month.
During his six years in power, President Rodrigo Duterte has led a deadly war against the drug trade and has promised to “kill” a few more drug lords in the coming weeks.
“Before I leave, let’s finish three or five drug lords. I want to kill them. I do not want them alive,” he said in a taped address to the nation aired Thursday (May 12).
Duterte, renowned for his administration’s violent war against drugs, emphasized that the program should be continued by his successor. He even urged his fellow government workers to join the fight.
“I would tell my co-workers in government, we have to gamble. We have to fight them and when we fight, just kill them,” Duterte said in Filipino.
According to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency estimates, a total of 6,235 people were killed in the drug war as of February 28. BKM/ Expat Media
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