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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'war' is bound to fail  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The Philippines government is risking the worst of all outcomes

Filipino residents in Manila involved with illegal drugs wait to take a pledge that they will not use or sell narcotics after surrendering to police and government officials (CNS)

More than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since the government intensified its anti-illegal drugs drive

President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he talks during the 115th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police headquarters (AP)

The Church and human rights groups have been alarmed by President Duterte’s violent crackdown on drug crime

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry last month (AP)

A crackdown on drug-related crime has left more than 400 suspected dealers dead since President Duterte took office in June

A mother walks with her son under a banner for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (CNS)

Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued a statement, read in churches Sunday expressing deep concerns over the killings of drugs suspects

Pope Francis greets the crowd during a general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Following a request from the Pope, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is organising a two-day workshop that will take place in November

A man enters Pfizer's world headquarters, in New York (AP)

Pfizer has said it will restrict the availability of drugs that might be used to make compounds for lethal injections to US government agencies

Pope Francis visits the San Carlo Community, a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation centre in the outskirts of Rome (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)

Francis made a surprise appearance at the San Carlo Community in Rome

Pope Francis is presented with the Book of Gospels (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

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