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The Philippines' president has sky-high approval ratings, but his brutal drug war could backfire

The war on the drug trade that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte kicked off when he took office this summer has killed more than 3,600 lives since June 30, the majority of them slain by unknown killers. During that time, Duterte has achieved sky-high approval ratings. After the first three months of his presidency, his +64 net approval rating is the second-highest at that point in any Philippine presidency since 1986, according to a late-September survey conducted Manila-based polling group Social Weather Stations.
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