>> Another night of heavy bloodshed in the Philippines war on drugs. A further 25 people killed over night Wednesday and into Thursday in Manila, bringing the death to a close to 60 over just three days. On Monday, 32 people were killed in police raids across Bulacan Province, making it the deadliest day yet in president Roberto Duterte's brutal street war.
Reuters Philippines Bureau Chief Martin Petty is in Manilla.>> It's not clear why there is so much bloodshed all of a sudden. They said there's been no directive to intensify the campaign, but President Rodrigo Duterte did say after the Bulacan incident, that's 32 kills. Let's kill another 32 every day, so it seems to have his backing.
Like much of Manila, Bulacan is believed to have a drugs problem. The authorities there say that 425 people have been killed there and 4,000 arrested as part of the war on drugs, so they've intensified the crackdown there for sure as they have done in metro Manila.>> Police say the raids this week are part of a quote, one time, big time operation targeting other criminals as well as drug suspects.
Police have repeatedly been accused of hunting down and executing people, but they insist the killings are the results of shootouts.>> The moment we arrived here and got out of our vehicle, these two men fought and fired at our officers resulting in their death.>> Thousands of people have been killed since Duterte launched the campaign last year, sparking international criticism.
On Wednesday, President Duterte courted controversy once again, saying right activists should also be shot, if they get in the way of justice.