Duterte's drug war: On the nightshift in Manila

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.

Motocycles and cars dragged the blood of 16-year-old Aldrin Jore through the streets of Quezon City, Manila, after he was gunned down by unknown assailants after going out for a haircut. 

Motocycles and cars dragged the blood of 16-year-old Aldrin Jore through the streets of Quezon City, Manila, after he was gunned down by unknown assailants after going out for a haircut. 

These two men were murdered by masked gunmen. The man on the right, Andy Parpan, was shot several times in front of his 6 year-old daughter by six men on three motorcycles. One of the killers even got off the motorbike to shoot him at closer range. The CCTV footage can be seen  here .   

These two men were murdered by masked gunmen. The man on the right, Andy Parpan, was shot several times in front of his 6 year-old daughter by six men on three motorcycles. One of the killers even got off the motorbike to shoot him at closer range. The CCTV footage can be seen here.

 

The body of Andy Parpan inside a funeral home in Pasay City, Manila. 

The body of Andy Parpan inside a funeral home in Pasay City, Manila. 

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