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Philippines: Protest marks Duterte anniversary

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By Euronews
Philippines: Protest marks Duterte anniversary

<p>Hundreds of people staged a protest in Manila on Friday to mark the first anniversary of Rodrigo Duterte becoming President of the Philippines.</p> <p>They headed to his presidential palace, denouncing policies including his notorious war on drugs that has seen thousands of extra-judicial killings. </p> <p>Critics held placards with slogans such as “Stop killing the poor” and displayed a ‘report card’ giving a damning verdict on his presidency.</p> <p>Protest leader Renato Reyes of the Patriotic Alliance group said:</p> <p>“The human rights record is a very serious concern. It is a bloody mark on the report card of the president and the killings have to stop, martial law has to stop, the militarisation of communities in the countryside has to stop.” </p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A bloody drug war and an ISIS-linked city siege mark Duterte’s first year in office <a href="https://t.co/sDRHzWcFqc">https://t.co/sDRHzWcFqc</a></p>— TIME (@TIME) <a href="https://twitter.com/TIME/status/880623698729992192">30 juin 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>Duterte was a provincial city mayor whose brash man-of-the-people style, pledges to crush crime and firebrand rhetoric struck a chord with the Filipino people. His popularity saw him beat establishment rivals in last year’s election and swear the oath of office.</p> <p>Since then he has joked about rape, compared his war on drugs to the Holocaust and told Barack Obama to “go to hell”.</p> <p>Now facing his biggest crisis, as government troops battle Islamist rebels, Duterte scored an “excellent” personal trust rating <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-duterte-idUSKBN1840PG">in an opinion poll in May</a>.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>