Rodrigo Duterte tells police not to cooperate in drug war investigation

International criminal court opens case after complaint accusing Philippines president of crimes against humanity
The Guardian (UK)
Friday, March 2, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippines’ police and soldiers not to cooperate in any investigation into his bloody war on drugs, amid international calls for an external probe. Western countries and rights groups have expressed alarm over the killing by police of more than 4,000 Filipinos since Duterte took office in June 2016, plus hundreds more killings of drug users by unknown gunmen. An international criminal court prosecutor has opened a preliminary examination into a complaint accusing Duterte and top officials of crimes against humanity. Duterte says he welcomes that and is willing to “rot in jail” to protect Filipinos.