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Bodies pile up as Filipino police follow orders from the top

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 01:30

Police officers killed 11 suspected drug dealers over the weekend in response to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's pledge to get tough on crime. Gavino Garay reports.

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Police say they were simply following orders when they killed eleven alleged drug-dealers this past weekend. Many were apparently resisting arrest at the time. Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promise to crack down on crime with extrajudicial killings has produced an outcry from rights groups, but police chief Chief Jemar Modequillo says his department is taking the promise very seriously. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino/English) LAS PINAS POLICE CHIEF, JEMAR MODEQUILLO, SAYING: "Since this is actually the things that our president is emphasizing, that is our very reason why everybody in our police force wants to strictly implement it." But many are outraged over the killings. Ramon Casiple of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms is among them. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INSTITUTE FOR POLITICAL AND ELECTORAL REFORMS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RAMON CASIPLE, SAYING: "They are trying to cover up their tracks or are inspired by the general atmosphere now because President-elect Duterte is claiming he has the mandate to be harsher on these drug raid participants." At least 40 alleged drug suspects have been killed since Duterte won the presidential election in early May... and he has said police officers who facilitate any drug trafficking will face the same fate.

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Bodies pile up as Filipino police follow orders from the top

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 01:30