Support the families and orphans left behind by the victims of the war against drugs. 
Most victims were breadwinners who left behind widows, mothers, and orphans. Should you wish to extend your support, we suggest reaching out to the organizations listed below. These initiatives are actively supporting the families by providing safe spaces, community, and livelihood projects.


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Text, images, reportage, films, research, and other resources about the extrajudicial killings and the state of human rights in the Philippines. 

A digital advocacy platform that aims to contribute to the goal of ending the streak of decades-long drug-related and state-institutionalized violence 

Government data shows that at least 6,252 people were killed in police anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016, to May 31, 2022. This number does not include those killed by unidentified perpetrators – also called victims of vigilante-style killings – whom human rights groups estimate to be between 27,000 and 30,000.

Testimonies from former police agents show that enforced disappearances were employed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”, as it was during the martial law of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked the court’s judges to approve her investigation into crimes committed in the Philippines from November 1, 2011, the date the Philippines became an ICC member, until March 16, 2019. On March 17, 2019, the Philippines effectively withdrew from the court.

The International Criminal Court moves another step closer to opening an investigation into alleged "crimes against humanity" in the Philippines:

“The experts highlighted “the staggering cost of the relentless and systematic assault on the most basic rights of Filipinos at the hands of the Government”

An investigation by the Human Rights Watch from 2018-2020 focused on incidents in which a child dependent was left behind.

Brother Ciriaco “Jun” Santiago convinced the parish to create programs for families affected by the drug war. Much like the natural disasters that have struck the nation, Santiago believes the government’s deadly program is also a disaster. “It became more than just for documentation,” he said of his work. “It has evolved. It became a mission.”

Colonel Romeo Caramat, head of drug enforcement for the Philippine National Police, said the volume of crime had decreased as a result of the drug war, but users could still buy illegal drugs “any time, anywhere” in the Philippines.

 Vice President Leni Robredo said the failure was due to law enforcers focusing on neutralizing low-level pushers rather than cutting main sources of supply. She said the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was able to seize only one percent of the total methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu supply in the past three years.

The human rights crisis in the Philippines took a downward spiral in June 2016 when President Rodrigo Duterte took office. This HRW situationer mentions the effects of Duterte’s policies on children, attacks against journalists and human rights defenders, and the continued imprisonment of Senator Leila De Lima who is jailed on “politically motivated drug charges filed against her in apparent retaliation for leading a Senate inquiry into the “drug war” killings.”

Three years into the Philippine government’s “war on drugs,” extrajudicial executions at the hands of the police and their associates continue. The vast majority of those who have been targeted are poor and marginalised people.

About our protagonist Brother Jun Santiago. “Brother Jun has taken it upon himself to perform a dizzyingly varied set of roles: from menial tasks, such as supplying candles for protest marches, to diplomatic work, such as appealing to eminent prelates for solidarity, to more dangerous missions such as patrolling Manila’s streets at night and racing to crime scenes in order to photograph the dead – hundreds over the past three years.” 

“I told the military, what is my fault? Did I steal even one peso?” Mr. Duterte said. “My only sin is the extrajudicial killings.”

About our inspiring protagonist Brother Jun Santiago. “Brother Jun is a longtime photographer, and as a result, he has one foot in two influential institutions in the Philippines: the church and the media. By day, he attends to religious duties at a parish in Manila. After hours, he goes into the field as one of the dozens of “nightcrawlers” documenting President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drug dealers and users.” 

17 year-old Delos Santos' death could potentially turn the tide in Duterte's drugs war, which rights groups have decried as nothing more than brutal, extrajudicial massacre. In the week since Delos Santos was killed, Filipinos have taken to the streets in greater numbers than ever before to demand justice for what they say is an unjustified killing.

Seventeen year old Kian delos Santos is taken and murdered by the police for being suspected of dealing drugs. CCTV showed the police dragging him as he begged them to let him go. “I have a test tomorrow”, neighbors heard him pleading.

13 men and women are discovered in a secret prison cell hidden behind a bookcase in the office of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Philippine Police Station 1. Arrested without warrants and held for weeks in subhuman conditions,, they say the police are extorting money in exchange for their freedom.

Amnesty International’s investigation details how the police have systematically targeted mostly poor and defenceless people across the country while planting “evidence”, recruiting paid killers, stealing from the people they kill and fabricating official incident reports.

The Impunity Series (Rappler, 2016-2019)
Rappler’s series of investigations documents the drug war as it continues to be fought across Duterte's presidency. Rappler, an online news publication in the Philippines, has been constantly on the receiving end of President Duterte’s attacks, along with the television network ABS CBN.

Photographs and text by Daniel Berehulak, who documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days in 2016.

Report by the Human Rights Watch on the Davao Death Squad Killings in Davao City, Philippines during the period when Rodrigo Duterte was mayor.

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