This week marks six months in office for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Since taking power, the former mayor has lived up to his vow to crack down on drugs going after drug users, dealers and even former addicts. More than two-thousand people have been killed by police and at least a thousand more by suspected vigilantes. Duterte's measures have been internationally criticized but his approval rating in the Philippines remains high.
Aurora Almendral, a reporter and radio producer based in Manila, wrote a recent article for our partner the New York Times about a night on patrol with police in the Philippines as they enforce Duterte's anti-drug campaign with door to door stops in search of suspects.