Survey finds Filipinos fear extrajudicial killings


MANILA: Eight out of 10 Filipinos worry they or someone they know might become a victim of extrajudicial killings, an opinion poll published found, although a majority also gave President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war an “excellent” rating.

More than 2,000 people have been killed by police in anti-narcotics operations in the Philippines since Duterte took office on July 1. Another 3,000 deaths, some attributed to masked men on motorcycles or vigilantes, are under investigation.

Social Weather Stations (SWS), an independent pollster, asked 1,500 Filipinos nationwide if they were concerned that either they or someone they knew could fall victim to an extrajudicial killing, and 78% said they were either very worried or somewhat worried.

The SWS survey posted online yesterday also found Filipinos were staunchly behind Duterte’s drugs war. — Reuters

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