Randy Hultgren

When Trump meets the Philippines' Duterte, 'drug war' killings will be the elephant in the room. Trump will probably ignore it

When Trump meets the Philippines' Duterte, 'drug war' killings will be the elephant in the room. Trump will probably ignore it

In President Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines, the police, with his explicit support, have killed thousands of alleged drug dealers and users without due process, some while they were in jail, or asleep, or at home with their families. They allegedly shot a 17-year-old while he was in custody, then dumped his remains in an alley. The youngest victim was 4.

Human rights groups, the U.S. Congress, the European Union and the United Nations have all condemned Duterte’s “war on drugs.” Yet when President Trump meets Duterte in Manila, it probably won’t enter the conversation.

The two leaders will hold talks at the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations summit on Monday in Manila, marking...

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