A recently-released confidential transcript of an April, 2017 phone call from President Donald Trump to Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte reveals Trump praised Duterte, telling him he’s been “doing an unbelievable job on the drug problem” in his country.
President Duterte has had death squads gun down approximately 7,000 Filipino citizens in the streets of his country since June, 2016, in a systematic program of extrajudicial killings. Often the killers, many of whom reportedly received compensation for each person they killed, plant evidence to try to justify the killings.
On June 30, 3016, Duterte urged members the Philippine public to kill drug addicts, telling them, “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.” Human rights groups say this statement could constitute criminal incitement to commit murder.
President Duterte and other senior Filipino officials have instigated and incited thousand of murders, mostly of the Philippines’ urban poor, in a national campaign that many are calling crimes against humanity.