VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Without citing hard evidence, Duterte keeps revising the number of Filipino drug addicts

President Rodrigo Duterte keeps saying the Philippines has a huge drugs problem. But his government’s brutal war on drugs is premised on a number he could not even get right.

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(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative.)


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