> Rodrigo Duterte has built his reputation targeting drug dealers. Now the Philippine President's biggest critic has been taken down as well. Senator Leila De Lima has been leading a Senate probe investigating the explosion of drug related killings. But lawmakers voted her off as head of the Justice and Human Rights panel Monday, replacing her with an ally of the President.
The motion brought by boxing superstar turned Senator Manny Pacquiao after Duterte's allies complaint the probe was damaging the country's image abroad. De Lima has struck back at her critics saying quote, what is destroying the reputation of this country are the killings, not me. Her removal a sign of how much clout the president has won in his short time in office and how dissenting voices are now being pushed to the side.
Duterte has increasingly criticized De Lima over the past months, calling her immoral and even accusing her being involved in the drug trade herself, an allegation she will face in a separate investigation this week. Duterte has recently asked to extend his bloody war on drugs for another six months.
The campaign has left nearly 4,000 bodies in its wake.