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Duterte's honeymoon is far from over

Approval ratings soar as Philippine president continues violent crackdown on drugs

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President Rodrigo Duterte speaks in front of housewives and mothers, that participate in the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the provincial government at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, Philippines on Dec.22.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Six months after becoming president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy widespread popularity, with approval ratings topping 70%.

The economy has been going strong under Duterte, and his violent crackdown on drug-related crimes, while controversial overseas, has also garnered him much domestic support.

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