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The International Criminal Court is coming for Rodrigo Duterte

Investigation of Philippine drug war a crucial test for multinational tribunal

| Philippines
Relatives of drug war victims hold photographs of their slain loved ones during a protest in Manila on June 30: the violent crackdown looks more like a war on the poor.   © Reuters

Mark Townsend is a journalist covering Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He previously reported from the Philippines for the Financial Times.

Let's face it, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is facing considerable legal trouble and his days as a free man may be numbered. The decision by the International Criminal Court in September authorizing an investigation into the Philippines' deadly war on drugs was as much about Duterte as anything else.

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