GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — Amid a booming economic growth, there are a great number of starving children left behind in the the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

That is according to a new Al Jazeera report published Thursday, Oct. 11.

According to the news source, more than 33% of Filipino children experience malnutrition and associated complications — including stunted growth.

Reportedly, these afflictions have cost the Philippines ₱326 billion pesos ($6 billion) each year — or only three percent of the country’s GDP.

An executive director of one health foundation said, “The Duterte government has its priorities, and I don’t see nutrition high among them.”

The director also linked the country’s worsening malnutrition cases to the president’s war on drugs — where 12,000 people have been reportedly killed.

In 2017, there were reportedly an estimated 7 million children across the country who suffered from hunger and malnutrition.