Drug War

Philippines Bans Two U.S. Senators in Dispute Over Sanctions

The Philippine government on Friday announced that U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have been banned from visiting the country due to “interfering with our processes as a sovereign state,” as Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo put it. More specifically, Durbin and Leahy have been involved in the case of incarcerated Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima, who they regard as a political prisoner.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., left, and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., right, prepare to hear testimony by Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Xi Jinping Demands Drug War with ‘Chinese Characteristics’

The Chinese communist regime launched a campaign against illicit drug trafficking Thursday, led by Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s demand Tuesday that authorities create “a path with Chinese characteristics to contain drug-related problems and win the war on drugs in the new era.”

China's President Xi Jinping arrives for the inauguration ceremony of the Chinese sponsored Vietnam-China Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / KHAM (Photo credit should read KHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Unlikely to Rebuke Duterte for Drug War Killings

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing. He called Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” This week, he boasted that he murdered a man with his own hands.

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Philippines: 76 Percent Approval Rating for Rogue President Duterte

Three months into his presidency, more than three out of four Filipinos report being satisfied with Rodrigo Duterte’s time in office, an indication that the President’s profane tirades and austere war on drugs have not deterred supporters, and perhaps curried him favor with some who were skeptical of Duterte as a candidate.

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