When Duterte took office in 2016, his orders were clear: kill all the drugs lords, pushers, and addicts. Watchlists were drawn in communities and the police went house to house, conducting “Tokhang”, a knock and plead scheme to urge citizens to surrender and stop using drugs. Day and night, people were killed inside their homes and in the streets, either by the police in anti-drug operations or alleged death squads on motorcycles. Some just turn up dead, their bodies covered in tape with a sign: “Drug Pusher, Do Not Emulate”. Philippine National Police claim there are only about 6000 deaths after the war on drugs was launched but human rights groups estimate that the death toll to reach up to 30,000.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the campaign on May, 2016, days before the election. He promised that people will die and they did.
A victim of a summary execution is dumped on a sidewalk in Mandaluyong on the night of October 24, 2016.
Midnight after Christmas
Children play with guns during the wake Richard Reyes and Liwayway Yabut, victims of unknown gunmen who gunned them down on December, 2016, Both surrendered to Oplan Tokhang.
Horror in front Sta. Catalina
Forensic officers inspect a crime scene in front of Sta. Catalina College in Manila when two bodies were dumped wrapped in packing tape with signs that bore "drug peddlers, don't emulate".