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The Philippines wants to increase its budget for anti-drug operations by 4,400%

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The interior ministry of the Philippines is proposing an increase of 4,400% in the police budget reserved for anti-drug operations.

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If the proposal is approved, the budget would jump from 20 million Philippine pesos ($390,000) in 2017 to 900 million Philippine pesos ($17.6 million) in 2018.

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Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign has led to the killing of more than 3,500 people over the past year.

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The campaign has been criticized both inside the country and around the world, so Philippine politicians are worried about what the spike in spending could represent.

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The budget still needs to be approved by legislators. It is expected to be discussed in September.

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