Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks in between military officials, at the wake of a soldier killed in an encounter with communist rebels at a military Camp Panacan in Davao city, in southern Philippines August 7, 2016. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has led a bloody war on drug suspects, Sunday named over 30 politicians, officials and judges whom he linked to narcotics and warned them to surrender.Police and shadowy vigilantes have been blamed for killing over 800 drug suspects since Duterte's election on May 9 . There are no proceedings here, no lawyers," Duterte said in a pre-dawn speech just before he began naming the suspects.He listed seven judges and over 25 current or former congressmen, mayors and other local officials whom he alleged were involved in illegal drugs. Duterte's spokesman Martin Andanar later said that criminal cases would be filed against those named.Duterte won election by vowing to wage a war on illegal drugs and other crime that would claim tens of thousands of lives.The country's largest broadcaster ABS-CBN has listed 852 drug suspects killed since Duterte's election.
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