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HomeVideo“If They Are Stubborn, Then We Will Kill Them” | FRONTLINE

“If They Are Stubborn, Then We Will Kill Them” | FRONTLINE

In a new FRONTLINE documentary that goes inside Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drug suspects in the Philippines, police officers speak openly about the killings of suspected drug users and dealers. “If they are stubborn, then we will kill them,” a police chief in the Caloocan district of Manila says in this excerpt from “On the President’s Orders.”

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Also in this excerpt, a SWAT unit leader first denies rumors that drive-by shootings are being carried out by police. Then, when the camera is turned off but audio is still recording, he makes a startling admission.

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