Interview with Vice

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With more than 6000 people already dead, we spoke to a local photojournalist about the realities of bearing witness to the carnage.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s now-infamous war on drugs. The President built his popularity on a tough–on–crime approach, running a campaign that included the promise to kill 100,000 criminals, and dump so many bodies in Manila Bay that “the fish will grow fat”. Since he won the election last July, he’s begun making good on those promises. We spoke to award-winning local photojournalist Jes Aznar about the situation in the Philippines now, the nature of the killings and the work of journalists to document it.

Nestor Hilbano comforts his wife, Alma, after seeing their son inside a body bag in a dark alley in Tatalon. They are the parents of Richard Hilbano, 32, who was shot by police in an operation against illegal drugs. Police on the scene reported that Richard was in a pot session with three other persons when they were all shot at and killed.


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