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Philippines

Death Toll in Philippines from Storm Megi Rises to 58
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Death Toll in Philippines from Storm Megi Rises to 58

The death toll from landslides and flooding in the Philippines rose to 58 on Wednesday, official counts show.   The deadly conditions were caused by Tropical Storm Megi, the worst to hit the Southeast Asian archipelago so far this year. Most of the deaths were in central Leyte province, where a series of landslides have devastated communities. Rescuers are still searching for bodies in the villages shattered by rain and avalanches, which are often exhumed with bare hands. The death toll is expected to rise.
Philippines Justice Investigates Thousands of Murders in Drug War
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Philippines Justice Investigates Thousands of Murders in Drug War

The Philippine Department of Justice investigate thousands of murders in the country during President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war. The primary investigation follows the review of 52 murder cases that indicate abuse of power by the police.   The Justice Department's initial findings indicate that the police's story that all the people killed were drug dealers resisting arrest is not true. "If we have the time and resources, we will investigate thousands of cases," said the minister. The ministry says many of the victims did not have a weapon with them or had not been used, while police said they had, which is why the victims had been shot. Also, many medical data and police reports of the cases are missing. The investigation could eventually lead to lawsuits, the ministry said. It i...