The Philippines’ war on drugs has gotten out of hand, and the death toll will continue to rise.
Duterte calls for all drug dealers to be put “behind bars or below ground”
300 have been killed in July alone
In one of the most deadly incidents, on Saturday, police killed 8 in just one morning
60,000 people dependent on drugs have surrendered to the state
President Duterte believes drugs are “drowning the country” and is stopping at nothing rid the Philippines of drugs–and drug dealers. During his election campaign, he declared that 100,000 people would be killed in this war on drugs, and that the fish in the Manila Bay would grow fat from feeding on the bodies that would be dumped there. No wonder he is called The Punisher.
Photographs have emerged showing drug dealers’ bodies filling the streets, covered in blood.
These graphic images show just how ruthless the police killings truly are. Some men are bound at their hands and ankles, and their faces are covered in tape.
300 dead in #Philippines President’s national drug crackdown https://t.co/vIGH7Ll2WG (WARNING: Graphc images) pic.twitter.com/SQsRMaaVrG
— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) July 28, 2016
Drug dealers and addicts have been surrendering at police stations and rehab centers in such large numbers that the authorities are unable to cope, but this is a good problem to have. Hopefully this mass influx and its effects on the rehabilitation system can change the country’s mind set in the long term, from one of drugs as law-and-order issue to one of drugs as a social issue.
These images below show some of the 60,000 people who surrendered to authorities, and some of the drug dealers killed. One man is shown dead with a sign that says he is a drug pusher.
60,000 drug addicts in the Philippines surrender to authorities https://t.co/JfQpHXKVGZ pic.twitter.com/JnzGv36lFF
— Rico! (@kijanafulani) July 15, 2016
30 ‘drug dealers’ killed in days since Philippines’ Duterte sworn in as president: https://t.co/chcQgyBhoe pic.twitter.com/uHAshkFHDx
— VICE NZ (@VICE_NZ) July 9, 2016
A Nation Without Judges
These drug dealers are being gunned down in the street without a fair trial, which is drawing a lot of attention from human rights lawyers.
Some lawmakers in the country say there should be a congressional investigation into the killings. But, Solicitor General Jose Calida said he would protect police from any investigations. In spite of all of the criticism, he still claims that the killings are legal.
Jose Diokno, one of the best human rights lawyers in the Philippines, said the situation is “spiraling out of control and creating a nation without judges.”
Drug dealers shot dead on the streets as Philippines president continues his drug war. 300 killed this month alone. https://t.co/JW79zmq8Fl
— Sanho Tree (@SanhoTree) July 27, 2016
Photo Credit: Wikimedia