Philippines VP decries Rodrigo Duterte's drug war tactics in video to U.N.
- The vice president of the Philippines has issued a strong rebuke of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs, describing it in a video sent to the United Nations as an issue of public health that cannot be solved "with bullets alone".
More than 8,000 people have died since Duterte began his war on drugs when he took office on June 30. More than 2,500 were killed in police operations during which officers said they fired in self-defense.READ MORE: Kim Jong-un threatens 'merciless' attack on America in retaliation for South Korea drills
In a message to be shown on Thursday at the annual meeting of the U.N. Commission on Drugs in Geneva, Leni Robredo challenged Duterte's crackdown, describing the killings as "summary executions". Filipinos were "hopeless and helpless", she added.
"The body count due to the drug-related killings keeps growing," Robredo said in the video statement uploaded on YouTube.(Excerpt) Read more at: reuters.com ...
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