31 Dec '17, 2am

the headline that sums up the Philippines in 2017: "Shot and dumped by a pigsty"

the headline that sums up the Philippines in 2017: "Shot and dumped by a pigsty"

MANILA (REUTERS) - Philippine teenager Kian Loyd delos Santos told friends he dreamed of becoming a policeman after graduating from high school. Last week, plain-clothes policemen dragged the 17-year-old to a dark, trash-filled alley in northern Manila, shot him in the head and left his body next to a pigsty, according to witnesses whose accounts appeared to be backed up by CCTV footage. The killing has electrified the Philippines, sparked multiple investigations and galvanised what had previously been limited opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Thousands of people have been killed since he took office 14 months ago. Police said they shot delos Santos in self-defence after he opened fire on officers during an anti-drugs operation. But there was outrage when the CCTV footage emerged showing two officers marching a figure, subdued and apparently unarmed, ...

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