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sharyl: love him or hate him, rodrigo duterte is one president who is delivering on his biggest campaign promise. rodrigo duterte: now there are 3 million, what it is, 3 million drug addicts. i'd be happy to slaughter them. >> my son is not a dog. sharyl: how many people have been killed because they are drug users or drug pushers since >> antonio trillanes: by our own estimates and projections, it has exceeded 10,000. sharyl: is president duterte a popular president? harry roque: well, i think americans will have difficulty trying to understand why the president remains as wildly popular as he is today. donald trump: i am officially
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united states. sharyl: the big miss started from day one. commentator: he might be leading the republican ticket. [laughter] anchor: i know you don't believe that. sharyl: how do you explain to them that maybe we didn't see what was going on around us in front of our nose? frank sesno: i say we didn't see what was going on around us in front of our nose. scott thuman: for more than 100 hass, the french icon instilled parisians with pride and left tourists overwhelmed. after a series of terror attacks, these metal barricades went up. and while many people hoped they'd be temporary, it turns out a much different, more permanent wall is on the way.
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measure." i'm sharyl attkisson. president trump arrives in manila, the capital of the philippines, today. the last stop in his southeast asian trip. there he will meet another unconventional president, reviled internationally by some but extremely popular at home despite his radical tactics. in some ways, philippine president rodrigo duterte is like president trump. both rose through populist campaigns. there are, however, some key differences. for today's cover story, we traveled to the southeast asian nation to examine some of the most bizarre politics in the world. a caution: some of the material is graphic. sharyl: love him or hate him, rodrigo duterte is one president who is delivering on his biggest campaign promise to crack down on drug crimes by targeting not only traffickers but addicts. and killing them in cold blood. three months after he was elected last year, duterte, a former prosecutor, compared himself to hitler with the distinction that hisic
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rodrigo duterte: hitler massacred 3 million jews. now there is 3 million, what it is, 3 million drug addicts. i'd be happy to slaughter them. antonio trillanes: well, last may 2016, we had our election and the filipino people elected president rodrigo duterte, who unfortunately has authoritarian tendencies and who pledged during the campaign that he would kill 100,000 filipinos. sharyl: senator antonio trillanes is another product of the philippines' bizarre politics. antonio trillanes: just keep on driving. sharyl: in 2003, he attempted a coup against the allegedly corrupt president at the time. he was imprisoned, ran for the senate from jail and won. today, he's one of the few members of congress opposing
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is it true that the president has basically given the authority to citizens to shoot and gun down people if they're drug dealers? antonio trillanes: yes, he has done that several times publicly. he called for the police to kill suspects, the ordinary civilians to kill the sons or daughters of their neighbors or suspected users. and he even called on the migrant workers to come back home so that they can help in the purging of philippine society. sharyl: how many people have been killed because they are drug users or drug pushers since duterte has been elected? antonio trillanes: by our own estimates and projections, it has exceeded 10,000 people killed already. sharyl: a new documentary, "duterte's hell," depicts the brutal reality.
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gunned down without trial. mother: he's not a dog, my son. he's not a dog or a pig to kill like them. sharyl: congressman gary alejano has filed an impeachment complaint against president duterte. like senator trillanes, he was in on that 2003 coup attempt, served time, and now serves in congress. gary alejano: well, the basis of the impeachment complaint is that we have been opposing the policies of the president, especially on the issue of policy on killing, or extrajudicial killing without going through due process of law, and respect for human rights. sharyl: is that popular here? gary alejano: it depends on the propaganda of the president. he changed the definition of the rule of law. and he changed the definition of human rights. if you are a criminal, you're
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not any more human, and you don't have human rights. so he is pursuing populist policies and programs using the government, and that is why he has high ratings. sharyl: high ratings most national leaders only dream of. during our summer visit, duterte's popularity hit a stunning 82%. needless to say, the whole impeachment idea hasn't gained much ground. besides his brutal war on drugs, duterte's popularity is also rooted in his tough stance against islamic extremist terrorists. lito sobejana: our national leadership is very aware of what is happening around the country, especially the isis trying to create chaos. sharyl: general lito sobejana says with isis moving into the southern philippines, president
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duterte is doing what it takes to battle a savage enemy, including declaring martial law. sharyl: do you think that is helping the security situation, the martial law? lito sobejana: it will definitely help us resolve this problem. sharyl: on the streets of zamboanga in the mindanao province where there's martial law, we traveled with heavily armed protectors and found popular support for president duterte. sharyl: what is your opinion of the president? filipino teenager: um, about the president? i think he's brave, and he is really a capable president in this country. sharyl: why do you say you think he's brave? filipino teenager: because he stopped the drug here in our country. sharyl: you've seen a difference? filipino teenager: yes, a lot of difference. sharyl: what is your opinion of president duterte? filipino woman: well, he's a very good leader, uh, asides from the past president. sharyl: what do you like about his leadership?
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determined. sharyl: strong and determined. filipino woman: yes. jose cuisia: especially with what's happened. sharyl: jose cuisia was the philippines' ambassador to the u.s. under the last president. are you more optimistic or pessimistic about things under this president? jose cuisia: it's very difficult to say because there have been certainly benefits or i would say very positive developments. criminality has come down because of the fear precisely that's been instilled by the president, even among criminals. there's been a big drop. but on the other hand, there's also concern that human rights violations are on the rise. sharyl: when it comes to the odd political dynamics in the philippines, perhaps our strangest interview was with congressman harry roque. is president duterte a popular president? it is too complicated of a sto
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harry roque: well, i think americans will have difficulty trying to understand why the president remains as wildly popular as he is today. 82% approval rating, that's fantastic as far as polling is concerned. and i think it's because he has shied away from the mold of a traditional politician who's sweet talking, promising the heaven and earth. here is a guy who is, you know, no pretension. he resorts to foul language. he doesn't care about niceties. and he's saying, i'm going to deliver, i'm going to clean up our streets, i'm going to make our communities safer. and to his credit, after a year, communities are safer. and that's why people are saying maybe he is the kind of leader that we have long waited for. sharyl: but while he considers president duterte a friend and ally, in the same breath, he says the president may be held criminally liable for encouraging the street killings of drug criminals. there are many people who are criticizing the president. what is ur
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criticisms that he's facing? harry roque: warning the president unless he investigates, prosecutes, and punishes the responsible individuals for the drug killings, that he himself may incur criminal responsibility pursuant to what is known as command responsibility knowing that the crime is happening and not doing anything to investigate and prosecute these crimes. sharyl: make sure i have it clear, do you like president duterte and do you support president duterte? harry roque: yes. i like president duterte, i support president duterte. but, you know, within the framework of the rule of law and the promotion of human rights, i think as a friend, i have warned him that he better start prosecuting and sending the killers to jail because if he does not, he may end up in jail himself. sharyl: as if an exclamation point on the whole strange political dynamics in the philippines, our last word with senator trillanes. antonio trillanes: mr. duterte
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confirmed that with at least four credible sources. he wants me killed and uh -- but we just need to do what we have to do. sharyl: how come you don't have bodyguards around you all the time? antonio trillanes: uh, they're -- they're around. sharyl: since our interview, congressman harry roque has become the spokesperson for president duterte. we reached out for comment on the allegation that the president put out a 'hit' on senator trillanes and did not receive a response. sharyl: ahead on "full measure." one year ago, the media missed it when it came to the election of president trump. ♪ it's time for the sleep number semi-annual sale on the only bed that adjusts on both sides to your ideal comfort your sleep number setting. and snoring? does your bed do that? right now during our semi-annual sale, our queen c4 mattress with adjustable comfort on both sides is only $1499.
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sharyl: it was a year ago today the media was reeling over the election of donald trump to the presidency of the united states. among the shock and awe was an admission by many that the media had gotten it wrong. we thought it would be a good time to look back at what we called the big miss. donald trump: i am officially running for president of the united states. sharyl: the big miss started from day one. mara liasson: i think this is donald trump's biggest day. and he will be ignored from henceforth. actually, i hope he will. sharyl: never before have so many in the media worked so hard to convince the public that a candidate couldn't and shouldn't win. abc clip: and uh, we better be ready for the fact he might be leading the republican ticket.
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you don't believe that. chris matthews: it was not close. it was over tonight. very clear result hillary won big time. it was a shutout. sharyl: going into election night, the poll analyst site fivethirtyeight showed hillary clinton with a 71%chance of winning. slate.com was off by more than a half million votes in florida alone and incorrectly predicted clinton would win the sunshine state. at 9:18 p.m., "the detroit free press" incorrectly called michigan for hillary clinton. in the end, trump won the state and the election. all forcing a massive media mea culpa in the reality hangover the morning after. larry sabado: we were wrong, ok? the entire punditry industry, the entire polling industry, the entire analyst industry, and i want to use this opportunity to take my fair share of the blame, we were wrong. sharyl: how do you explain to
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what was going on around us, in front of our nose? frank senso: i say we didn't see what was going on around us in front of our nose. sharyl: frank sesno teaches ethics in journalism to students at george washington university. frank senso: i say that the story that took place, and this is also the lesson of journalism, that the story of the year, in my view, is the story out there in america that neither the media nor the political ruling class saw, heard, got, or suspected. sharyl: in the end, trump was elected in spite of much the media being against him. partly, perhaps, because of it. donald trump: see the dishonest people back there. the media, they are totally dishonest. they are so dishonest. sharyl: it became a rallying cry among his supporters. crowds at rally: cnn sucks, cnn sucks. sharyl: howard kurtz is a media critic and host of "media buzz" on fox news. howard kurtz: this was the worst election for the media in my professional lifetime.
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i don't think it's the kind of thing where a month or two from now, we all just move on. there was a level, a fundamental level of distrust toward the press. a lot of it from the right, but some of it toward the left which didn't like the way that we collectively covered hillary clinton. sharyl: the big miss may reflect growing global skepticism of information provided by once-trusted institutions like like we saw after the wrong predictions about the u.k. vote to exit from the european union or brexit. howard kurtz: the punditry, the prediction, the polls all came up woefully short in this campaign. if we don't do better next time, the remaining credibility that the news business has is going to shrink even further. sharyl: so, how are we doing a year later? seems the big miss keeps on rolling, as in just this week there was the koi fish controversy. the media seemed to hyperventilate as they showed video of president trump supposedly impatiently dumping a whole box of fish food into the
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pond at the akasaka palace in japan. in fact, the whole video revealed that president trump merely followed the lead of his host, japan's prime minister, who had dumped all of his food into the pond first. politifact reported the media just got it wrong. coming up, we'll go to one of the most famous places on streaming and gaming are only as good as your internet. so get the best internet - with the 100% fiber-optic network. with fios gigabit connection you get the fastest internet available with download speeds up to 940 megs plus tv and phone for just $79.99 per month online with showtime and multi-room dvr service included with a two-year agreement. and, now, we'll guarantee your price for two years for over $800 in savings. get our best new offer. go to getfios.com
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>> today at 10:30 on "government matters" the inspector general is still concerned about cyber sharyl: the eiffel tower has long been admired for its raw beauty and accessibility. but that's changing. our scott thuman was in paris recently to examine this new sign of the times when it comes to security. ♪ scott: few landmarks in the world are so instantly recognizable, that even just a photograph transports you to a place of romance, nostalgia, and european flair, as the eiffel tower. it has been described as useless, yet irreplaceable.
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for more than 100 years, the french icon has instilled parisians with pride and left tourists overwhelmed. canadian woman: i have no words, it's just amazing. it's amazing. i am so excited to be here. and when i saw the tower, i was dragging my husband along the sidewalk. and he was trying to stop take pictures, and i wanted to get as close as i could. scott: as fast as you could? canadian woman: as fast as i could. yes. scott: this texas family knows their state boasts of big, but even eiffel surprised them. texas daughter: it's a lot bigger than i thought. you always just see the tiny little pictures. it is so amazing just to actually get to see it and a lot bigger. scott: but things may not look the same here at the eiffel tower as during your last visit or photos you've seen. after a series of terror attacks, these metal barricades went up. and while many people hoped they'd be temporary, it turns out a much different, more pe
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the french are erecting eight feet of full-time, bullet-proof glass on the two most exposed sides. and on others, an enhanced, more aesthetic, version of fencing. all part of a 20 million euro security upgrade. deputy mayor patrick klugman: we want to remain paris. paris is about the beauty of the city, but we need to offer security. and i think we are doing it properly. scott: deputy mayor patrick klugman says after a series of recent, deadly terror attacks, the city was forced to rush installation of the current barriers. deputy mayor patrick klugman: it was made in kind of a sudden emergency, was not very well organized, very beautiful. so now, we are thinking about the situation. we think that this challenge of our security is going to last for a while, so we are like making a
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canadian man: yeah, i'd like to go see it and feel it and touch it like anything else. and glass in front of it makes it just a little less touchable, you know? canadian woman: it doesn't have the egalite, liberte, fraternite that paris is built on. texas mom: you think when you go anywhere, that's a national monument in any country. you think twice where you're walking into. that's very unfortunate nowadays. texas dad: when you walk up, you're going to see the barrier and you're going to know that barrier is for a reason. so what's that reason. it's a sign of the times. scott: and yes, the times have been changing. outside the white house, added deterrents include fiercer fencing. at rome's coliseum, once perfect for camera-toting tourists, it's now flanked with heavy firepower. and british approach big ben only to see well-armed police protecting parliament. and of course, prototypes for a wall along the mexican border
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were on display earlier this month. even though casual strolls under this symbolic steel are now a thing of the past too, the locals insist, l sharyl: one footnote. the eiffel tower was never intended to be there this long. it was built to be the centerpiece of the 1889 worlds' fair and was only supposed to stay up for 20 years. next on "full measure." a wild ride, on one form of mass transit in manila
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sharyl: we just honored veterans day. our troops have fought in all parts of the world where monuments stand to acknowledge their service and sacrifice. in manila this summer, we found one interesting and lasting legacy that is still in service. towards the end of world war ii, the battle of manila in the philippines was a savage, month-long fight to drive out the japanese. it was the bloodiest urban battle of the pacific campaign and left a city once known as the pearl of the orient in ruins. ultimately, the u.s. army was victorious and left in manila were hundreds of american jeeps. rebuilding manila would take years. and the jeep, just like the city, was transformed into something totally new. the jeepney, an extended body jeep that acts as a passenger bus.
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necessity and creativity, along with spare parts from wherever, form an urban commuter service that has survived decades. as colorful as the individual owner and as unique and chaotic as the city itself. for an outsider, a jeepney ride is daunting. the routes and rates almost incomprehensible. but we tried it out on a hot summer afternoon. we want to get off at alphaland. filipino man: alphaland. sharyl: we climbed into the dark, tight, tiny interior. everybody say hi. sharyl: jeepneys move through the manila traffic congestion on routes memorized by the drivers and those standing at pickup spots along the road. climbing in or clinging on. this isn't a tourist tour. bye. sharyl: jeepney riders are the philippine working class. when you're aboard, it's hard to get a glimpse outside. the only view is face to face, knee to knee, of the person
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hot. sharyl: through slick and modern manila, we cut a colorful path through the evening commute. our jeepney arrives at what we think is our stop without announcement. and we exit into the less stifling evening air. >> bye, thank you. sharyl: a uniquely manila experience. a lot of fun. next week, we retrace the president's trip to explain how china's play to control the region may impact us at home. what do these other southeast asian nations do with two great world powers trying to befriend and court them? >> the 10 countries in southeast asia really don't want to choose. trade is promiscuous. you can trade with as many partners as you'd like. some countries have found the united states less willing to engage them, you know, and so they've been engaging far more with chi
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sharyl: until next week thanks , for watching, i'm sharyl attkisson.
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