The Philippines justice ministry has said it will investigate thousands of deaths which occurred during President Rodrigo Duterte’s heavy-handed war on drugs after it published details of 52 reviewed cases.

On Wednesday, the Philippines Department of Justice (DOJ) released details of 52 civilian deaths which took place during police operations linked with Duterte’s five-year campaign on drugs.

The released details suggest the police may have been at fault for some of the deaths. In several cases probed by the DOJ, no traces of gunpowder were found on the hands of the dead and some were not even armed. (RT)