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Number of drug-related killings in Philippines doubles to 1,800 – police

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald Dela Rosa (R) upon his arrival to address the 115th Police Service Anniversary at the (PNP) headquarters in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Noel Celis/Pool
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald Dela Rosa (R) upon his arrival to address the 115th Police Service Anniversary at the (PNP) headquarters in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Noel Celis/Pool

MANILA (Reuters) – The number of drug-related killings since President Rodrigo Duterte took power in May and began his anti-narcotics war has doubled to about 1,800, police said on Monday.

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa told a Senate committee investigating extrajudicial killings that 712 drug traffickers and users had been killed during police operations. Police were also investigating 1,067 drug-related killings outside police work, Dela Rosa said.

The United Nations has urged Manila to stop the extra-judicial executions and killings that have escalated since Duterte won the presidency on a promise to wipe out drugs.

(Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Paul Tait and Michael Perry)

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