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UN rights chief wants murder probe against Duterte

Philippine president talks of killing suspects in past; drug feud escalates

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the Malacanang Palace in Manila.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The confrontation between Rodrigo Duterte and the United Nations over his war on drugs continues to escalate, with the U.N. human rights chief calling for a criminal investigation into the Philippine president's claim to have personally killed suspects.

"The killings committed by Mr. Duterte, by his own admission, at a time when he was a mayor, clearly constitute murder," Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the high commissioner for human rights, said Tuesday. "It should be unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer."

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