>> A deadly criminal crack down in the Philippines. Police say, at least, 11 suspected drug dealers were killed in just 24 hours on Sunday all in separate operations. More than 40 drug suspects have been killed in the Philippines since crime busting president-elect Rodrigo Duterte was confirmed as the country's next leader just over a month ago.
That's more than were killed in the first five months of the year. As Manny Mogato reports, it's all leading towards Duterte's inauguration next week.>> The police are probably doing double time to prove to Duterte that they are also strong and hard on criminality. In metro Manilla, just days after Duterte won in May, they started the campaign to arrest street children by lifting curfew.
They arrested countless people who are drinking in street corners. They are indications that these kind of activities are going nationwide.>> Muscle flexing may not be the only reason that police are upping the death toll in the capital Manila, word is spreading that cops with ties to the drug world could be eliminating dealers because Duterte's promised to come down hard on corrupt police.
Authorities say all of Sunday’s killings were legitimate. Duterte says he can wipe out drugs and crime in the Philippines in six months but it seems not everyone agrees with this heavy handed approach.>> The ordinary people might be applauding these killings because the drug problem is really very rampant in Manilla.
The church and the human rights groups are worried about this spike in the killings because they think that there was no due process and disregard for life.>> The Archbishop of Manilla is urging officials to avoid a culture of killing in the Philippines, but despite cries from the influential Catholic church, the man known as The Punisher vows to bring back the death penalty.