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Asia Insight

Duterte's legacy on the line as Philippine elections loom

Drug war, infrastructure, China pivot define his presidency

CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writer | Philippines

MANILA -- At the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 22, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talked about his war on drugs but without indulging in his usual combative "kill 'em all" rhetoric.

"I have instructed the Department of Justice and the Philippine National Police to review the conduct of our campaign against illegal drugs," Duterte said in a recorded message. "Those found to have acted beyond bounds during operations shall be made accountable before our laws."

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