Since Rodrigo Duterte became president, much of the news about the Philippines has focused on the large number of extrajudicial killings that appear to be connected to his controversial war on drugs. Duterte’s vituperative statements against US President Barack Obama have also made headlines. More recently, former President Fidel Ramos — whose words still command respect in the country — criticised Duterte for being a "huge disappointment and letdown" because he had wrongly prioritised the war on drugs at the expense of issues such as poverty, living costs, foreign investment and jobs.

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