In the space of two days, 10 labour and human rights activists were killed in separate shootings on the islands of Luzon and Mindanao. All the victims were shot by the military or paramilitaries. These murders coincided with the announcement by President Duterte that the police will go back to the frontlines of the ‘War on Drugs’. This campaign has unleashed death squads throughout the Philippines, resulting in a bloodbath where over 10,000 people have been murdered. In the Philippines, the current situation has become so bad that it has surpassed even the worse days of the Marcos Dictatorship.
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