With Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte campaigning for anti-drug action, his supporters have already killed 300 suspected drug dealers in July alone.
“The Punisher”, based on the state-sanctioned murder verdict, has taken an initiative to eliminate drug crime and he is keeping his word. Duterte’s call for citizens’ participation in killing drug users and dealers has been taken seriously by his supporters. As a result of this, the death toll has risen to almost 300, the accurate figures being uncertain to date.
In his first address to the parliament, Duterte ignored the rising number of deaths in the country while he emphasized the declining drug business in the nation. He added that he would be satisfied only when he would notice no drugs at all in the Philippines. “Double your efforts. Triple them if need be,” Duterte told police. “We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered or been put behind bars … or below ground if you wish,” he said.
Photographer Dondi Tawatao of Getty captured some pictures of the ill treatment of people by Duterte supporters based only on suspicion. It was surprising to find out that there were no missing reports filed in the name of the victims. The data obtained from police depicted 293 suspected users were dead as a result of a police operation that took place between July 1 and July 24.
Human rights activists have criticized the figures, saying that they do not include several people executed by vigilantes on the streets.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Zeid al-Hussein has requested the Filipino president to discontinue the crackdown. In addition, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Pabillo said that the people killed were not proven guilty. Based only on suspicion, the victims were made to suffer.
“No one told us that, aside from the cardboards placed on top of them,” he said as quoted by News.com.au. “Can we correct evil by doing evil?”