Duterte's bloody anti-drug crusade has led to thousands of killings in the Philippines, whether carried out by the police or masked gunmen -- "vigilantes" often times riding in tandem on motorcycles.
When I was there this past September, many of the killings were carried out by unknown assailants who will never face justice. Duterte has said, "The vigilantes are real, they got it from me," but he denies they have ties to the State. The atrocities from this drug war have been well documented thanks to the diligent work of the nightshift photographers.
These photos from the nightshift in Manila show just four killings, all of them carried out by masked gunmen.
Nanette Castillo grieved the death of her son, Aldrin, who was killed by six men on three motorcycles in Tondo, Manila. She said he had used drugs but stopped years ago. “Why is it that the rich don’t get killed? Duterte, listen to me. Those Chinese who are behind the proliferation of drugs, why are they treated like VIPs? But the poor are killed even without proof,” Nanette told GMA news.