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Davao City Mayor and Presidential Candidate Rodrigo Duterte speaks to reporters in Lingayen, Pangasinan, north of Manila on March 2, 2016. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
Davao City Mayor and Presidential Candidate Rodrigo Duterte speaks to reporters in Lingayen, Pangasinan, north of Manila on March 2, 2016. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Philippines’ head diplomat says the country will not leave the United Nations, even though the country’s new president, Rodrigo Duterte, threatened to do so.

Duterte was elected in May after vowing to "solve drugs, criminality, and corruption in three to six months" by whatever means necessary. Since then, 850 criminal suspects have been killed by police, according to the U.N. The group called for an end to the Philippines' killings.

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Phelim Kine, deputy director of the Asia division for Human Rights Watch, about the scope of the killings and whether anything can be done to stop them.

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Phelim Kine, deputy director of the Asia division for Human Rights Watch. He tweets @PhelimKine. Human Rights Watch tweets @hrw.

This segment aired on August 22, 2016.

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