Lawyer claims 'Filipino Hitler' Rodrigo Duterte has caused 8,000 deaths in war on drugs

Lawyer claims Rodrigo Duterte has caused around 8,000 deaths with war on drugs

A lawyer has filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte

Monday, April 24, 2017

A lawyer has claimed President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has caused around 8,000 deaths.

The Philippine lawyer filed the complaint today (April 24) at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, according to Yahoo, delivering it by hand to prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

Jude Sabio asked prosecutors to investigate senior administration officials as well as Duterte for crimes against humanity.

He claims charges should be brought for "the terrifying and gruesome situation of continuing mass murder in the Philippines".

Sabio also said that Duterte began his strategy of killing those suspected of crimes, including drug addicts, when he became the mayor of Davao City in 1988.

The document he filed said: "The 'repeated, unchanging and continuous' mass murder being conducted by the President Duterte has already resulted into the deaths of not less than 1,400 individuals in Davao City under his Davao Death Squad and not less than 7,000 individuals in his war on drugs at the national level."

Bensouda's office has not yet responded about the filing. The Philippine government has denied the allegations.

However, presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said today (April 24) that police are probing those who are suspected "of violating procedures."