>> Smiles and selfies for adoring fans, but no apologies for the thousands killed in the Philippines' violent crackdown on drugs. Meet police chief Ronald dela Rosa. He's here to meet with the rank and file, to boost morale. He says the force needs all the encouragement he can offer.
Because right now the Philippines is at war.>> I'm Andrew Marshall reporting from Central Luzon in the Philippines. The marijuana being burnt behind me was seized as part of a war on drugs launched by new Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.>> The anti-drug campaign has unleashed a wave of violence.
With more than 3,600 people killed in just a few short months.>> Duterte hails this as a great success. For the most part, Filipino seem to agree with him. But the escalating body count is causing global outrage.>> Police only claim some of the killings. Rights groups say at least 2,000 could be the work of vigilantes answering Duterte's calls to kill.
A war cry his right-hand man has been quick to repeat.>> You can kill your drug dealers because you are the victims. Go to them, pour gasoline on their houses and burn them down. Show them your anger.>> Filipino police have a reputation for brutality and corruption. But dela Rosa is enjoying national popularity for his calls to violence.
There's even talk of him as a possible successor to Duterte. But for now, his focus is squarely on the drugs trade. Saying that now the war's on, law abiding citizens can walk the streets without fear. Duterte has asked for six more months to finish his war on drugs.
And it looks like his number one enforcer will stick by him to the bloody end.