Activists march on the EDSA highway on their way to protest in front of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Manila on February 25, 2017, during the 31st anniversary of the "People Power" revolution. / AFP / Noel CELIS
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Ex-Philippine leader Benigno Aquino joined thousands of people on the streets of Manila Saturday as protests broke out against President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs.Duterte, 71, won the presidential election last year after promising during the campaign to eradicate drugs in society by killing tens of thousands of people.He launched the crackdown after taking office in June and police have reported killing 2,555 drug suspects since then, with about 4,000 other people murdered in unexplained circumstances.Wearing a black shirt Duterte's predecessor Aquino marched alongside political allies and around 2,000 other protesters.At one point, tempers rose as several protesters confronted a dozen young people who raised clenched fists while holding up a pro-Duterte banner nearby.
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