By Maria Diosa Labiste
A group of mothers and widows have filed cases against policemen believed to be behind the killings their sons and husbands. The court cases were the first legal challenges to the massive anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte that is sweeping the country since he assumed office in June 2016.
The so-called war on drugs targeted alleged drug traffickers and drug users and led to thousands [read more] of deaths. Majority of the victims are petty drug dealers and users in blighted communities. The killings were either blamed on policemen or hooded killers that summarily executed drug suspects and even some innocent civilians. Despite public outcry from human rights groups, the Catholic Church, the international community [read more] and families of victims, the Duterte government has not relented [read more].
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