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Is Rodrigo Duterte untouchable?

The Philippine president’s policy has killed thousands, yet he remains popular

By Bill Hayton  

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ©Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

On 5th November 2016, Rolando Espinosa, mayor of the central Philippines town of Albuera, was shot dead in his jail cell. A prisoner in an adjacent cell suffered the same fate. A police statement claimed both had died in a “shootout” with officers searching the jail.A few months earlier, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte had read out Espinosa’s name on television, along with those of 158 other public officials and judges, accusing them all of involvement in the drugs trade. The 71-year-old Duterte…

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