Bloody Drug War Week in the Philippines

Killing users is the wrong method of fighting drug problems. The damage to the society of the Philippines has already been severe.

In the Philippines, police killed 26 people in drug raids across the capital Manila overnight, continuing what human rights groups are calling the bloodiest week yet of President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called war on drugs. The killings followed 32 more deaths the previous night during police raids in Bulacan province. Authorities insisted those killed died in shootouts with police, but human rights groups say most of the dead were summarily executed. Filipino security forces and vigilantes have killed more than 7,000 suspected drug users and dealers since Duterte launched his campaign against drugs last year.

Donald Trump in a call to Duterte: “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.” That is among the worst statements from any president ever.