By Derrick Stanley
Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, said Saturday that President-elect Donald Trump had endorsed his brutal anti-drug campaign, saying the Philippines was doing it "the right way."
Duterte spoke with Trump on telephone Friday, and said that Trump was "quite sensitive" to "our worry about drugs."
“He wishes me well, too, in my campaign, and he said that, well, we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way,” Mr. Duterte said.
Duterte has encouraged the police and others to kill people they suspect of using or selling drugs. Since he took office in June, more than 2,000 people have been killed by police in incidents described by officers as drug raids, and the police say several hundred more have been killed by vigilantes.
The United States, the United Nations, the European Union and others have all condemned Duterte's program for what right organizations are calling extrajudicial killings. Duterte rejected the criticism, calling President Obama "a son of a whore."
“I could sense a good rapport, an animated President-elect Trump,” Mr. Duterte said. “And he was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem.”