Reuters  reported that the Philippines National Police will now be focusing on arresting people involved in the drug trade instead of extrajudicial killings. On August 18th 2016, the UN urged the government of the Philippines to end the extrajudicial killings, however, President Duterte responded by calling President Obama, the European Union, and the United Nations “fools.”

President Duterte has compared himself to Hitler and since his short time in office approximately 2300 to over 3600 people have been killed by police. The government authorized the killings and it is Duterte’s attempt to prevent his country from being a “Narco State.” In the Reuters article, it mentions the police will now be focusing on celebrity and high value targets instead of the predominantly poor. This shift is likely an attempt to remain in favor with the poorer population, since the “war on drugs” has also been called a “war on the poor.”

Signalling a shift in strategy in its blood-soaked war against drugs, Philippines police aim to reduce the killing of suspects and put more resources into arresting prominent people tied to the trade, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.