"I don't care about human rights," Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared this week after vowing to continue his "shoot to kill" order against drug dealers.

More than 700 people have already been killed since Duterte, who is nicknamed "The Punisher", took office in June. The controversial president also threatened to declare martial law if the courts interfered with the country's "war on drugs".

In this week's Arena, Mehdi Hasan asks Duterte's spokesman Ernesto Abella about the president's controversial policies.

"This would not be happening if it had been addressed a few years back," Abella tells Mehdi Hasan.

"All these things that are happening right now are simply a cleaning-up that [should have been done] years back," the spokesman adds.

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Source: Al Jazeera