Compared to his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte, whose deadly anti-drug campaign claimed thousands of lives over his six years in power, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has promised to take a less harsh approach to illegal drugs while campaigning for the presidency.
He promised to emphasize education and rehabilitation, but repeated that he would not cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) probe into extrajudicial killings.
According to the multisectoral project DAHAS, in Q3 of 2022, the 1st quarter under Pres. Marcos Jr., 91 died in his drug war, 26% higher than in Q2 under Duterte. Pushers remain as the top targets & state agents the top assailants. National Capital Region (NCR), Negros Occidental, and Cebu stay as hotspots.