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Philippine business bankrolls Duterte's anti-drug crusade

'The Punisher' unveils a softer side to his ferocious war on illegal substances

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President Rodrigo Duterte, left, checks out accommodation in a new drug rehabilitation center at Fort Magsaysay north of Manila on Nov. 29 with Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Five months since formally assuming power and launching a deadly anti-narcotics campaign that has claimed around 5,000 lives, President Rodrigo Duterte on Nov. 29 inaugurated the country's largest drug rehabilitation center at a military camp north of the capital.

The 10,000-bed facility can only accommodate a fraction of more than 700,000 methamphetamine users who have voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities since July, but it represents a different side to the crackdown and killings by police and vigilantes.

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