Philippines’ Deadly Drug War

Almost 2,300 have been killed in a drug war since Rodrigo Duterte took power in the Philippines on June 30 — the equivalent of 20 per day.

A boy arrives at the spot where his father was killed in a police operation shortly before in Manila, Philippines on Oct. 18, 2016. 

The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president less than four months ago months on a pledge to wipe out the illegal drug trade, has reached around 2,300, according to official figures. Over 1,600 of the deaths occurred during police operations, alarming human-rights groups, the United Nations, Western governments and Catholic priests.


A woman cries after her husband was shot dead by unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in Manila on Oct. 10.

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Armed security forces take a part in a drug raid in Manila on Oct. 7.

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The body of 22-year-old pedicab driver Eric Sison lies in a coffin in a Manila slum on Aug. 29.

According to local officials, he was killed when the police was looking for drug pushers in Pasay. 

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A body is taken out of a house where two men were killed during a drugs related police operation on Oct. 19. 


Kasandra Kate, 12, cries over the open coffin of her father Verigilio Mirano during his funeral at Navotas Public Cemetery in Manila on Oct. 14. 

According to a family member, Mirano, who was using drugs but stopped after Rodrigo Duterte became the president, was killed by masked gunmen at his home on Sept. 27th. 



Heavy rain pours as the body of a man killed by unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles is left in a narrow alley in Manila on Oct. 11.  


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A food vendor holds a baby as funeral workers carry the body of one of two men killed inside a slum in port area in Manila on Oct. 21.



A woman cradles the body of her husband, who was killed on a street by a vigilante group, according to police, in a spate of drug-related killings in Pasay on July 23. 

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A relative of a slain alleged drug user, who was killed during a police operation against illegal drugs, mourning in Paranaque on Sept. 14. 



The body of a man killed by unknown gunmen is lit by lights from TV cameras in Manila on Oct. 24. 


Janeth Mejos reacts as the body of her father Paquito Mejos is taken out of their home shortly after he was killed in a police operation in Manila on Oct. 14.  


A relative carries the son of Eric Quintinita Sison during burial rites in Pasay on Aug. 31. 

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A man cleans blood from the floor inside the house where two person were killed during a drugs related police operation in Manila on Oct. 19. 


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Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station in Manila on Oct. 12. 

More than 700,000 drug dependents surrendered to authorities. According to reports, Duterte received an "excellent" rating for his war on drugs during a recent opinion poll, with 84 percent of Filipinos respondents said they are satisfied with the drug crackdown.  


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