Amnesty International urgently called for international pressure and an immediate U.N. investigation to help end what it says are possible crimes against humanity in the Philippine president's bloody anti-drug crackdown.
The London-based rights watchdog says in a study released Monday that extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's 3-year-old campaign remain rampant.
About 6,600 people, most of them accused of petty drug crimes, have been killed in the crackdown Duterte launched as his centrepiece project when he took office in mid-2016.
During a press conference Monday in Manila, Amnesty International section director Butch Olano said Bulacan province is the "epicentre" of extrajudicial killings and is known as "the country's bloodiest killing field."
The Duterte administration denies it has a policy allowing extrajudicial killings, although he has repeatedly threatened drug dealers with death. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)