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Manila, April 11, 2017: Dozens of Filipino protestors rallied on Tuesday near the presidential palace against extra-judicial killings amid the government’s anti-drugs campaign.

More than 100 demonstrators gathered at the Mendiola Peace Arch, near Malacanang Palace, where they performed stage plays portraying the procession and crucifixion of Jesus Christ to protest President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies, including his support for death penalty, Efe news reported.

About 80 members of the charity Urban Poor Associates and 50 members of labour group SENTRO also took part in street plays, during which protestors wearing crowns of thorns and white clothes daubed in red paint carried large crosses as they marched while being escorted by others dressed as Roman soldiers.

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The demonstrators also carried signs with slogans including ‘Stop the killings’, ‘lowering of age for criminal liability’, ‘death penalty’, ‘extrajudicial killings’.

The protests came a day after officials reported that more than 100 suspected drug dealers and addicts died in clashes with the police over the last month during the second phase of Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign, after it was temporarily suspended in January to launch an investigation into police corruption.

The first phase of the campaign, which began when Duterte took office in June 2016, led to more than 7,000 deaths within seven months, including more than 2,500 at the hands of police officers.

Duterte is also supporting a controversial bill to restore the death penalty in the country. (IANS)


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On the opening day of the wrestling competition, Ravi Kumar defeated Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov 14-4 on technical superiority to reach the last-four in the men's 57kg category, while compatriot Deepak Punia overcame China's Zushen Lin 6-3 on points to advance to the semifinals.

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Earlier, Ravi Kumar had won his opening-round bout by technical superiority against Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to secure a quarterfinal spot. Competing in the Round-of-16 bout against the Colombian wrestler, the 23-year-old Ravi Kumar, who is making his Olympic debut, showed no nerves as he dominated the bout to win by technical superiority (13-2).

Ravi Kumar landed attack after attack and went 13-2 up, winning the bout by technical superiority with minutes to spare. In wrestling, building up a 10-point lead over the opponent results in a victory by technical superiority.

India's 86kg freestyle wrestler Deepak Punia showed no signs of the niggle that had forced him to pull out of the Poland Open Ranking Series in Warsaw in June, as he defeated Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor on technical superiority to secure a quarterfinal berth.

He got his Olympic campaign to a fine start as he was in control from the start of the bout and hardly ever allowed his Nigerian opponent any room to maneuver his moves, finally winning with a 12-1 on technical superiority.

Punia, who had also suffered an elbow injury just before the Games, was slow at the start but came into his own as the bout progressed, inflicting takedowns at regular intervals to earn points.

The Indian wrestler eased into a 4-1 lead at the break and extended his lead comfortably in the second period.

Punia, the silver medallist from the 2019 world wrestling championships, then set up a clash with China's Lin Zushen in the quarterfinals and defeated him 6-3.