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Thousands of Filipino protesters warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 01:19

Thousands of Filipinos rally in Manila against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they call an ‘emerging dictatorship.’ Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's policies sparking mass protests in Manila, Thursday… with thousands of Filipinos demonstrating against, what they say, is an emerging dictatorship. Indigenous people, politicians, priests and left-wing activists marching against their leader's support of a ferocious war on drugs that has killed thousands. Protesters reenacting a spree of drug-related killings, that activists say, are executions staged by police. Police, however, reject those allegations. Demonstrators say fear is spreading that Duterte would one day deliver on his threat to declare nationwide military rule like that imposed by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos - whom Duterte has expressed admiration for. The rallies marking the 45th anniversary of the start of that era. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATION'S YOUTH CHAIRPERSON, VENCER CRISOSTOMO, SAYING: "This is the biggest rally so far of the youth and people and the rallies are bound to get bigger, and the Duterte government is bound to be more isolated and more exposed among the people, and soon will be ousted." However, Duterte won last year's election by a wide margin and has maintained one of the highest public approval ratings of a Philippine president.

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Thousands of Filipino protesters warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 01:19