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In the Philippines, 'The Punisher' Takes a Beating

Mar 30, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
Less than a year into his term, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is on shaky ground. But he still has enough support among the population, the legislature and the country's biggest power brokers to fend off threats to his rule.
Less than a year into his term, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is on shaky ground. But he still has enough support among the population, the legislature and the country's biggest power brokers to fend off threats to his rule.
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Nine months after surging into office on a wave of popular support, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte finds himself on shaky ground as he pushes ahead with his controversial agenda. At home, "The Punisher's" brutal campaign against the country's drug dealers and crackdown on corruption among bureaucrats and police forces are still widely supported by Philippine citizens. But the extrajudicial killings, which so far have claimed 8,000 lives, have begun to draw criticism from the Catholic Church, civil society groups and Western governments. Along with his threats to impose martial law, the condemnation hasn't sat well with his political opponents, who have begun to mobilize against his young administration....

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