Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 115th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines Aug. 17, 2016. REUTERS/Noel Celis/Pool
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The war of words between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and the United Nations escalated Thursday, with a U.N. envoy warning that "state actors" could be held responsible over hundreds of killings in a controversial anti-drug crackdown.The warning came a day after President Rodrigo Duterte, who swept to a landslide election victory in May largely on a pledge to kill thousands of criminals, called the U.N. "stupid" and vowed to continue his anti-narcotics offensive despite mounting criticism, including from U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.The U.N. statement, posted on the website of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Duterte had repeatedly urged police and the public to kill drug suspects, while promising to protect police from prosecution.
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