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Police killings soar as Manila preps for Duterte

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>> Filipino police taking them in dead or alive, looking to impress their new boss, incoming President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Police are now killing criminals on the streets on a daily basis. And as Reuters' John Chalmers reports from Manila, it's not all as simple as good cops taking out the bad guys, with some police actively involved in the drug trade.
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>> Rodrigo Duterte has warned corrupt police officers that he will go after them, as well as criminals, once he is in office. And it's widely believed and, in fact, almost really accepted by senior police officers that many have been going about, rubbing out their accomplices in the criminal trade to insure that Duterte can't go after them once he becomes president.
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In the first four months of the year we saw suspected drug criminals being taken out at a rate of about two a week. Since Duterte's election it's at least one a day across the country. So there seems to be no hesitation there by the police to use firearms in bringing down drug criminals and, in fact, Duterte has cheered them on from the sidelines.
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>> Critics from rights group to the influential Catholic Church have sent up red flags over Duterte's uncompromising plans to crush crime, fearing a spiral of violence. But the man known as the Punisher is simply shrugging it off.>> Well, Duterte's being very dismissive of the Human Rights Commission's concerns about vigilante killings and extrajudicial killings.
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He says quite bluntly, that where there is crime, where there is serious crime then that criminal deserves to die and there should be no debate about it. In the southern city of Davao where Duterte was mayor for more than 20 years, hundreds of criminals have been killed by vigilante death squads.
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The new leader officially takes office on Thursday.