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As a populist, Duterte’s erosion of the rule of law is no surprise.
Since Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines on 30 June, the country’s already compromised rule of law has taken a battering in his new war on drugs.
More than 700 people suspected of links to the drug trade have been killed, either directly by the police, or by vigilante groups. Earlier in August, Duterte warned more than 150 judges, politicians, and police officers that they will be next in line for termination unless they voluntarily surrender immediately. The president has even declared his readiness to impose martial law if the judicial branch interferes with his war on drugs.
Read Duterte a law unto himself by Paul Kenny published in New Mandala.