>> A young man begging for his life in a Manila slum. Don't do it, he says, I'll surrender. Then, 22-year-old Eric Sison, a victim of President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs. The family is waging a quiet and very rare protest. Reuters' Andrew Marshall visited the Philippines to look into why so few people are speaking out.
>> Duterte was elected President with a really large majority, so most politicians are pretty much accused of falling in behind him. One of his senior officials actually said that the killings were a necessary evil for the greater good. He's only real critic has been a senator called Leila de Lima and she's faced a really ferocious backslash for daring to speak out.
But what's really struck me in reporting the story and talking to Philippine police and officials. Is just the utter conviction that killing lots of people is gonna solve the drug problem.>> Nearly 2,500 suspected drug users and dealers have been killed since Duterte came to power two months ago.
Many dying at the hands of vigilantes. Police say their looking into all the killings but justice isn't likely to come quickly if at all.>> Now nobody really expect this investigations to go anywhere because witnesses are just too terrified to come forward and speak out. The Philippines also has a National Human Rights Agency which is also investigating.
But well, it's just overwhelmed by the sheer number of cases.>> Today, most of the population seems to be on the side of the punisher, a recent poll putting his approval rating above 90%. And there's every indication the violent campaign will roll on with Duterte recently vowing to keep it up until the last drug manufacturer is killed.