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    Former Henchman Testifies About Duterte’s ‘Death Squad’

    “They were killed like chickens.” That’s how Edgar Matobato, a former member of the infamous Davao Death Squad, described as many as 1,000 targeted vigilante killings allegedly ordered by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte when he was mayor of Davao. Testifying before the Senate, Matobato described abducting and killing — in one case feeding to a crocodile — both petty criminals and Duterte’s political rivals. The president denies the allegations, but this could raise international alarm about the 3,000 drug dealers and users who’ve been killed since he took office in June.

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