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> Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's policies sparking mass protest in Manila Thursday with thousands of Filipinos demonstrating against what they say is an emerging dictatorship. Indigenous people, politicians, priests and left-wing activists marching against their leader's support of a ferocious war on drugs that has killed thousands. Protesters re-enacting a spree of drug related killings that activists say are executions staged by police.
Police, however, reject those allegations. Demonstrators say fear is spreading that Duterte would one day deliver on his threat to declare national military rule, like that imposed by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whom Duterte has expressed admiration for. The rallies marking the 45th anniversary of the start of that era.
>> This is the biggest rally so far of the youth and people and the rallies are bound to get bigger. And the Duterte government is bound to get more isolated and more exposed amongst the people and soon he'll be ousted.>> However, Duterte won last years election by a wide margin and has maintained one of the highest public approval ratings of a Philippine president.