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Philippine President's Drug War and Relation with US
Top of Mind with Julie Rose
- Jan 18, 2017
Guest: Prashanth Parameswaran, Associate Editor at The Diplomat, PhD candidate the Fletcher School, Tufts University President Rodrigo Duterte has just marked six months at the helm of the Philippines, which has long been an important ally of the US in Southeast Asia. But that friendship has been strained by Duterte’s angry rhetoric and threats to sever ties with America. It has also been strained by Duterte’s “war on drugs” in which more than 6,000 people have been killed in the last six months. Human rights advocates and the Obama administration have condemned the campaign, but President-elect Trump’s Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, in his nomination hearing, refused to denounce Duterte as a human rights violator.