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Rodrigo Duterte

Edward Stourton profiles the controversial new leader of the Philippines - in the week he was accused of shooting one of his own agents dead.

The new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is in the news this week because he's threatening to send home some of America's troops and "re-orientate" his country's foreign policy away from its traditional ally, America. And last week he was reported to have called President Obama a "son of a whore". Not surprisingly, perhaps, he has caught the attention of the world's media. But human rights organisations have been paying close attention to Mr Duterte for other reasons: he is alleged to have been complicit in the killing of drug dealers and criminals by vigilante ‘death squads’.

Presenter: Edward Stourton
Producer: Phoebe Keane and Micaela Papa

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Sun 18 Sep 2016 17:40

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