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Some Senate hopefuls attack popular leader's deadly drug war

DOMINIC FAULDER, Associate editor, Nikkei Asian Review, and MIKHAIL FLORES and CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writers | Philippines

MANILA -- It was an unconventional start to a long-shot campaign.

The seven prospective senators declared their candidacies from the mezzanine of an overcrowded cafe in Caloocan, a city in northern Metro Manila that has become ground zero in the Philippines' deadly war against drugs.

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