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Philippine police officer jailed in rare drug war conviction

Philippine police officer jailed in rare drug war conviction

MANILA: A Philippine police officer has been jailed for torturing two teenagers killed at the height of former president Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, court documents show, in a rare conviction of an enforcer of the crackdown.During his six-year term, which ended in June, Duterte openly ordered police to shoot dead drug suspects if officers’ lives were in danger.More than 6,200 people died in his anti-drug campaign, according to official figures. But rights groups estimate the true figure was in the tens of thousands.The crackdown was widely condemned and sparked an international investigation but only three policemen have been convicted for killing a drug suspect.A Manila court found earlier this month that police officers Jefrey Perez and Ricky Arquilita tortured two teenagers in 2017. The officers also planted a weapon and drugs on one of the victims.The teens -- Reynaldo De Guzman, 14, and Carl Arnaiz, 19 -- were later killed by the same officers, the court said.However, murder charg

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