How Duterte's bloody drug war engulfed the Philippines

Drug war
A woman weeps near the scene where a suspected drug user was shot dead by unknown assailants in Navotas, Philippines. Photo by Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats recently published a report naming Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, citing his threats to "suspend the Constitution, declare a 'revolutionary government,' and impose nationwide martial law."

Why it matters: The most controversial aspect of Duterte's presidency has been the drug war that has seen thousands summarily killed with, at a minimum, his tacit support. Police say about 4,000 people have been killed, but most observers think that's far too low. Filipino senator Antonio Trillanes says the death toll has passed 20,000, though the true number is nearly impossible to determine.