In this Aug. 16, 2017, photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the 19th Founding Anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has likened the nation's human rights commissioner to a "pedophile" for expressing concern over the police killing teenagers in the leader's ongoing war on drugs.Police have reported killing more than 3,800 people in anti-drug operations since Duterte took office 15 months ago, while thousands of others have been murdered in unexplained circumstances.Duterte also insisted that killing children was not exceptional, as he accused the rights chiefs and other critics of using the teenagers' deaths as part of a political opposition campaign.Duterte won last year's presidential election on a law-and-order platform, in which he promised an unprecedented campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in society by killing up to 100,000 traffickers and addicts.Duterte and his aides frequently seek to discredit or disempower critics of the drug war.
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