Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents and police carry out a raid last February. Photo: AFP

Philippines drug war: what’s behind sudden surge of deaths in Central Luzon?

  • Senator Leila De Lima, a known critic of Duterte who has been jailed since 2017, described the region as a new ‘epicentre’ of extrajudicial killings
  • A police spokesman dismissed the claims, however, attributing the surge in deaths to drug lords and protectors purging their own people
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Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents and police carry out a raid last February. Photo: AFP
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