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Duterte fires Dangerous Drugs Board chief for ‘contradicting official government’ stats (that were never correct in the first place)

May 24, 2017
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DUTERTE ARRIVES FROM RUSSIA / MAY 24, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte arrives from his visit to Russia at NAIA Terminal 2.INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

President Rodrigo Duterte fired the chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board for allegedly using contradicting statistics.

“And I would like to put to task publicly this (Benjamin) Reyes. You know five years ago, Santiago who was the PDEA chief gave us a figure of three million,” Duterte said after arriving in Manila from Moscow.

“Ang binigay ni Reyes sa chairman sa Dangerous Board, ‘yung accomplishment ni Bato ng PNP. That’s 1.8. And dala-dala ng babae was 1.8. When I have been telling everybody, everything that there’s about four million drug addict(s),” the President said.

The Dangerous Drugs Board has been using a 2015 survey that says there were 1.8 million drug users in the country.

“You’re fired today. Get out of the service,” Duterte said. “You do not contradict your own government…You’re just a civilian member of a board.”

Duterte said Reyes is not an “implementor of the law.”

“The correct count is the police and the PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency),” Duterte said.

In an interview with ANC on Tuesday, Reyes used the statistics of 1.8 million drug users but he also reportedly said that they have information that the number can go up to 3 million or 4 million.

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Duterte fires drugs board chair for ‘contradicting government’

The Dangerous Drugs Board shares its Quezon City office with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. File photo

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced he was firing Dangerous Drug Board Chairman Benjamin Reyes for “contradicting your own government” by presenting drug user data based on a government-commissioned survey.

“I would like to put to task publicly this Reyes,” the president said in a speech upon his return from Russia, a trip that had to be cut short because of the crisis in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

 

Duterte said that former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Dionisio Santiago told him five years ago that the country had an estimated 3 million drug users.

It is unclear what Santiago’s basis was since, according to a Rappler report on government drug data, the PDEA did not release data to the public except in 2008, when there were 1.7 million drug users in the Philippines.

“Ang binigay ni Reyes sa chairman sa dangerous board [sic]… yung accomplishment ni Bato… ‘yung PNP. That’s 1.8 (million),” the president said.

But the figure of 1.8 million is actually from the DDB’s 2015 Nationwide Survey on the Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse in the Philippines, the results of which were released in September 2016.

READ: 4M drug users ‘in the realm of possibility,’ DDB insists

If anything, Reyes, in an interview with Philstar.com in February, tried to justify Duterte’s figure of 4 million drug users.

“Pero may margin of error kasi iyan na plus or minus five percent, so it can even go as high as—so 2.3 plus 5 percent, that’s 7.3 percent. That’s even higher than the global average,” Reyes said then. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates a global average of 5.2 percent.

 

But Alyson Yap, a full-time member of the faculty at Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Quantitative Methods and Information Technology, said in February that Reyes’ assessment was incorrect and that the chairman was making a dangerous conclusion.

Yap, who teaches combined statistics and operations management, said that using the the rate and confidence level used in the DDB report, the range would actually be “between 0.0185 to 0.0267 or between 1.85 percent to 2.67 percent only.” That is around 1.4 million to 2 million people.

“Dala-dala nung babae, 1.8 … na I have been telling everybody that there is about 4 million drug addicts… and here comes a chairman… you’re fired,” the president said on Wednesday.

Duterte may have been referring to UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, who has been critical of the government’s drug war, and who was at a drug policy forum at the University of the Philippines this month. Reyes, as DDB chair, also spoke at the forum.

“You do not contradict your own government,” the president said.

The president said that the figures of the PDEA and the Philippine National Police is the “correct count,” adding the “civilian” Reyes is not an “implementer” of the law.

The Dangerous Drugs Board, which is attached to the Office of the President, sets the country’s drug policy. The PDEA and PNP are technically civilian agencies.

PDEA: 4.7M drug users in Philippines

At a forum earlier this month, the PDEA claimed that the number of drug users is at 4.7 million.

The DDB survey indicated that more than 4.74 million persons in the country, or 6.1 percent of the population aged 10-69, have used illegal drugs at least once in their lifetime.

But, when Philstar.com sent PDEA a Freedom of Information request on what the basis for the estimate of 4.7 million was, the PDEA said the DDB and the PNP would be able to answer the questions better.

In a response to Philstar.com, PDEA Director Adzhar Albani, a PDEA 11 decision maker, said:

You asked for Basis for PDEA estimate of  4.7 million drug users.

The 4.7 million drug users is based on the the survey conducted by the Dangerous Drug Board itself plus based on the survey & operations as well of the Philippine National Police dubbed as the “Oplan Tokhang”

Please note that we are only able to provide such information to what you have requested. If you wish to get a copy of the data on how they conducted their survey, parameters used etc,  you may address your request directly to the Dangerous Drugs Board and/or the Philippine National Police.

 

The 1.8 million figure from the DDB survey was also the basis for the PNP’s drug targets for 2016.

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Peace and Freedom Note: Duerte may think the higher number of drug users may give him a better excuse for his human rights abuses, thus lessening criticism from the UN, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. He may also be hoping that the higher number will encourage more financial assistance from China and Russia.

President Duterte Once called The Philippine Police “Corrupt To The Core” — When will it get better? — Maybe When China Takes Over

May 23, 2017

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Philippine Inquirer

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The streets of Manila are stressful to drive in on a daily basis. The heavy traffic is enough to make anyone groan, and bad drivers can get pretty ruthless. While there needs to be better law implementation and effective enforcement from the police, we don’t see any progress at all.

Recent incidents also heightened calls for safer and organized streets, especially when police officers are either confused or ignorant of the law. As concerned citizens, we want to bring up a few points on what can be improved when it comes to driving.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) talks to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald Dela Rosa (R) during a press conference at the Malacanang palace in Manila on January 30, 2017. © NOEL CELIS / POOL / AFP

When the Anti-Distracted Driving Law was put into motion, I thought it was about time that drivers were told to not use their phones. But mere days after its implementation, both police and drivers are dumbfounded by the law’s grounds. There were stories that ride-sharing vehicles were being stopped because they were looking at Waze from their dashboards. This is despite the fact that it’s allowed as long as it doesn’t obstruct your view.

Not only that, even rosaries and other religious icons were being banned under the law. Of course, this garnered a reaction from the church, saying that the LTFRB “is absolutely missing the point.” And they’re not wrong.

This prompted senators to call for the law’s suspension until it’s fixed and made less complicated. “We rarely hear of road accidents that result from the use of navigational apps,” said Sen. JV Ejercito. Definitely, texting and tinkering with a mobile phone while driving is a no-no. But when it is used as a navigational aid and it is properly place, it is okay.”

However, that’s not the only issue that citizens face with the police. Coleen Garcia recently recounted how an ex-cop harassed her driver and scratched her face. What made the ordeal worse was that police officers were merely watching and not helping the actress. “I’m still disappointed by the way the marshals handled (or failed to handle) the situation, but the police officers at the station were very helpful with everything,” she wrote on her Facebook account.

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She also emphasized how ex-cops in the Philippines “can get away with anything he wants” regardless if they throw threats or pull out a gun.

This is just a few instances wherein the police force somehow doesn’t do their job right to ensure our safety. This should open our eyes to the reality that there still needs work to be done with these matters, be it traffic regulation or abuse of power.

 

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Discarded — The body of a dead Filipino girl — killed in President Duterte’s war on drugs — looks like it has been put out with the trash….. Presidential spokeman Abella said the war on drugs is for the next generation of Filipinos.
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Philippines: Human Rights Watch director Phelim Kline also said the numbers of fatalities in the drug war launched by President Rodrigo Duterte when he assumed office on June 30, 2016, are “appalling but predictable” since he (Duterte) vowed to “forget the laws on human rights.”

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Philippines Policeman found tortured and strangled after some fellow police said he was involved in the illegal drug trade. Photo Credit Boy Cruz

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“They are afraid the incident could cause President Duterte to declare martial law. I talked with some sultans and ulamas and elders here… and that’s what they have told me,” Ponyo said.

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo, Jean-Marc Ferré

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Will The Philippines Change Its Human Rights Situation to Get EU Aid? — Not Now Says Presidential Spokesman — “The Philippines will reject grants from European Union that will allow it to interfere in the country’s affairs”

May 18, 2017
Philippine reserves right to reject aid inconsistent with goals – Palace
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MANILA — The Philippines will reject grants from European Union that will allow it to interfere in the country’s affairs, Malacañang has declared.

“The President has approved the recommendation of the Department of Finance not to accept grants— and this is not necessarily humanitarian aid— from the EU that may allow it to interfere with the internal policies of the Philippines,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing on Thursday.

“These grants pertain to particular projects or programs that have the potential of affecting the autonomy of the country,” Abella added.

Abella said he assumed regularity in existing EU-funded programs in the Philippines, “unless it’s specifically objected to.”

The country remains open to humanitarian and other kinds of aid from the EU, according to Abella.

“The Philippines reserves the right to accept loans and grants that help attain its objectives of promoting economic development, inclusiveness, and reducing poverty, attaining peace within its borders and with its neighbors, and fostering a a law abiding society,” he said.

“It also reserves the right to respectfully decline offers that do not achieve these goals and offers that allow foreigners to interfere with the conduct of its internal affairs,” he added.

He did not specify which proposed grant triggered the DOF recommendation to reject certain conditional grants.  SFM/rga

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Philippines rejects ‘interfering’ European aid

May 18, 2017

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© AFP / by Ayee Macaraig | Police have reported killing about 2,700 people since Duterte took office at the end of June and immediately launched his war on drugs, while unknown assailants have killed more than 1,800 others.

MANILA (AFP) – 

The Philippines said Thursday it would refuse European Union grants that “interfered” with its internal affairs, following the bloc’s repeated criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war.

The European Union has been one of the most vocal international critics of the drug war, which has seen thousands of people killed since Duterte came to power last year.

“The president has approved the recommendation of the department of finance not to accept grants… from the EU that may allow it to interfere with the internal policies of the Philippines,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters.

Abella said one grant had already been declined for having “objectionable” conditions attached to it, although he refused to elaborate.

The European Union is the Philippines’ eighth biggest source of aid, with assistance last year worth $217 million, according to government data.

It was not clear how much money was in jeopardy.

Abella said humanitarian aid would still be accepted but the EU ambassador to Manila, Franz Jessen, said the decision impacted 250 million euros ($278 million) in grants.

Economic secretary Ernesto Pernia added to the confusion by saying Duterte may retract it.

“I will not take that as a policy. It is more of a reaction to criticisms. To me, on face value, it appears kind of unwelcome or not a good move but perhaps, I don’t think it’s going to remain as such,” Pernia told reporters.

Duterte, 72, has repeatedly criticised European lawmakers and the EU for condemning his drug war, which has led to accusations of a crime against humanity.

The European Union has said is reviewing Philippine exports’ duty-free status because of rights concerns, which also include Duterte’s plans to bring back the death penalty and lower the age of criminal responsibility to nine.

Duterte last year used vulgar language and raised his middle finger in response to a European parliament statement expressing concern over the killings.

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The German government also expressed concern after Duterte last year drew parallels between his drug war and Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler’s Holocaust.

“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there are three million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte said, underestimating the number of people killed in the Holocaust.

He later apologised for the Hitler reference but said he was “emphatic” about wanting to kill addicts.

Duterte easily won presidential elections last year after promising to end crime by killing tens of thousands of drug traffickers and addicts.

Police have reported killing about 2,700 people since Duterte took office at the end of June and immediately launched his war on drugs.

Unknown assailants have killed more than 1,800 others, while about 5,700 other violent deaths are under investigation, according to police data.

Partly in response to American criticism of the drug war, Duterte has also loosened the Philippines’ ties with traditional ally the United States.

Duterte has instead embraced China, which has supported his drug war and sought to deepen economic ties by providing billions of dollars worth of investments and aid to the Philippines.

Asked about how to make up for the loss of EU money, Abella said Duterte had already attracted huge new sources of funds.

“He has brought in an enormous amount, huge slabs of bacon,” Abella said, in an apparent reference to China.

Duterte, a self-described socialist, has also forged warmer relations with Russia, and will travel to Moscow next week to meet President Vladimir Putin.

by Ayee Macaraig

Philippine President Duterte may reverse decision to reject EU aid — Human Rights dispute

May 18, 2017
In this Sept. 27, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte scratches his head as he addresses Philippine Marines in suburban Taguig City east of Manila, Philippines. Duterte used an expletive to warn key ally Barack Obama not to lecture him on human rights and, in another impromptu speech, declared a dramatic policy change such as removing US counterterrorism forces out of his country’s volatile south. Impassioned speeches by Duterte about the United States, the European Union and the United Nations have repeatedly led his government to issue clarifications, although he had been on the job less than three months. AP/Bullit Marquez, File
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ rejection of the European Union aid is “not a policy” and President Rodrigo Duterte could “take it back,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said.

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“On face value, it appears to be not a good move… but I don’t think it’s not going to remain as such (in place),” Pernia said on Thursday.
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He said the government relayed its intention to reject EU aid before officials went to Geneva to explain the country’s human rights situation.
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The aid rejection, which covers the governing bloc and not what member countries may send, will result in more than P70 billion in assistance being removed, affecting mostly Mindanao development.
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The EU had been critical of the Duterte administration’s drug war, which had been criticized for alleged human rights violations.
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The 28-member bloc went as far as threatening to remove preferential treatment to Philippine exports to EU countries.
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But for Pernia, Duterte, who is known to flip-flop on his statements, may “take back” his statement soon as this could only be driven by “reaction.”
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“You know, he even appointed (former Sen. Edgardo) Angara as envoy to EU. So I think that’s his way to reach out,” he said.
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Just as Duterte could change his mind, Pernia also said investors may be able to see through the statement.
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“The shock effect tends to dissipate over time when they were able to see that the President’s statement is,” he said.
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Philippines: UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Agnes Callamard is in the Philippines

May 4, 2017
The government invited UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard was invited to look into drug-related killings but subject to certain conditions. United Nations/Loey Felipe, file
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MANILA, Philippines — United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard is in the Philippines to attend a conference on drug policy at the University of the Philippines on Friday.

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Callamard attended the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Commission on Human Rights on Thursday night at its central office in Quezon City.
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The UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions declined to grant members of the media interviews.
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Callamard,  a critic of the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs, is set to attend a conference on drug policy organized by the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), a group of lawyers handling various human rights cases in the country.
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BREAKING: UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard in the Philippines to attend a conference. | @janvicmateo

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The Philippine government earlier invited her to conduct an investigation on the alleged human rights violations committed in connection with the war on drugs.
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The investigation, however, has yet to push through after the Philippine government set conditions on her visit, including being questioned under oath by Duterte afterwards.
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Callamard said the conditions set by the Philippine government are inconsistent with the terms of reference and the code of conduct for special rapporteurs.
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“I.have suggested to the Government of the Philippines that the standard private debriefing with the Government, at the end of the mission, could be followed by a joint press conference with President Duterte and myself,” said Callamard in a statement.
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“This press briefing would be an opportunity for me to introduce briefly my preliminary findings and for the President to offer his own analysis, reply or rebuttal,” she added.
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Callamard said such a format would exclude a debate between her and Duterte, but will still allow the President to immediately make public his initial reactions to the preliminary findings and her to uphold the principles that must guide her mission.
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In its invitation for the visit, Malacañang said Callamard should engage Duterte in a public debate, allow the president to propound questions about the visit, and that she swear under oath prior to the questioning.
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Callamard, however, said the conditions are incosistent with the terms of reference for special rapporteurs.
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“I have highlighted in particular the principles of independence and confidentiality, which should guide my mission, and the necessity of building and maintaining trust with all stakeholders, precluding any public debates,” she said, referring to her letter to the Philippine government.
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“I have also referred the Government to Article 3.f of the Code of Conduct which clearly request that I shall not seek or accept any instructions from any Government or other actor and to Article 5 regarding the solemn declaration I have made upon prior to assuming my functions,” she added.
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LOOK: UN expert Agnes Callamard here

Callamard is seen at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Commission on Human Rights on Thursday, May 4

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Published 8:25 PM, May 04, 2017
Updated 8:27 PM, May 04, 2017

IN TOWN. UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard (L) during the 30th anniversary event of the Commission on Human Rights. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

IN TOWN. UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard (L) during the 30th anniversary event of the Commission on Human Rights. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Agnes Callamard, United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on summary executions is in town.

She was spotted at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Commission on Human Rights on Thursday, May 4. She refused to grant interviews to the media.

President Rodrigo Duterte spoke of her during his speech Thursday afternoon in Davao City in front of doctors. He said the reason why she is here is to investigate extrajudicial killings.

Duterte had previously challenged her to debate with him on extrajudicial killings related to his war on drugs. She rejected it and instead said she preferred a joint press conference with him.

“Such a format would exclude debate between us, but allow the President to make immediately public his initial reactions to my preliminary findings should he so choose, and for me to uphold the principles that must guide my mission,” Callamard said in December 2016.

The Office of the President on September 28, 2016 released a letter inviting Callamard to investigate the spate of killings linked to the Duterte administration’s drug war after she expressed concern about the deaths.

She welcomed the invitation: “I welcome the invitation from the government assuming this includes essential guarantees (freedom of inquiry and movement, and non-retaliation), and enables engagement with the authorities and other key actors and stakeholders concerned with the recent wave of alleged extrajudicial executions,”

The invitation, however, came with conditions such as allowing Duterte “to propound his own questions” to Callamard, according to the letter signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

A UN committee in October urged the Philippines to stop extrajudicial killings in the country, and warned that declarations by high-ranking officials could “legitimize” violence against drug users. – with reports by Jodesz Gavilan, Pia Ranada, Paterno Esmaquel/Rappler.com

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In The Philippines: What Is The Basis of The “War on Drugs?” What is The Strategy? What Are Our Objectives?

April 26, 2017

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Letter to the Editor

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The Holy Week pause made me think some more of the sufferings and deaths in the “war on drugs” that has made the Philippines probably the world’s bloodiest, most ruthless and most frightening country that isn’t at war. And the more I thought of the man waging it, the more I was convinced of the following:

He hasn’t studied the drug problem to any appreciable depth. He has made it his principal focus, and yet he has never elaborated on it, never elucidated its extent or the damage he says it has caused. His statement that “drugs are destroying this country” appeals to the emotion, but where are the facts? My sense: That statement may be a little more than—or nothing but—post-truth.

The lone statistic he has given—“4 million addicts”—has never been substantiated and may be untrue. No validation has come from the Philippine National Police, the Department of the Interior and Local Government or the Department of Health. A valid number could be derived only by proper quantification, using verified full-country data. No such process has been reported, and maybe there hasn’t been one. If no quantification has been done, then where did the “4 million” figure come from? My guess: He made it up. It was one of the first of the false facts that have since
proliferated.

Given the above, what is the basis for the “war on drugs”? (How can it be a “war” when only one side is armed?) The destruction that we have seen—thousands of human lives obliterated and wasted—is the horrifying response to what ugly truth? Possible answer: No truth, just an impression in the mind of someone who isn’t in the habit of going in-depth about anything.

The darkest of horrors have come to us from a mere impression? Heaven have mercy!

For the sake of the victims and their families, I hope I’m wrong. It is very painful for anybody to have a loved one get murdered, but it would be absolutely unbearable to have a loved one get murdered for something of questionable basis.

ATIS ALTAMIRANO,
atisaltamirano77@gmail.com

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Discarded — The body of a dead Filipino girl — killed in President Duterte’s war on drugs — looks like it has been put out with the trash….. Presidential spokeman Abella said the war on drugs is for the next generation of Filipinos.
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) talks to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald Dela Rosa. AFP photo

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Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Philippines: Human Rights Watch director Phelim Kline also said the numbers of fatalities in the drug war launched by President Rodrigo Duterte when he assumed office on June 30, 2016, are “appalling but predictable” since he (Duterte) vowed to “forget the laws on human rights.”

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Philippines Policeman found tortured and strangled after some fellow police said he was involved in the illegal drug trade. Photo Credit Boy Cruz

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“They are afraid the incident could cause President Duterte to declare martial law. I talked with some sultans and ulamas and elders here… and that’s what they have told me,” Ponyo said.

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo, Jean-Marc Ferré

Summary executions of supposed drug dealers and other criminals have become a common occurence in recent weeks. The STAR/Joven Cagande, file

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Davao City’s Ronald dela Rosa has been appointed to become the next chief of the Philippine National Police to lead President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s planned crackdown on illegal drugs. Facebook/Dela Rosa
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Crime scene investigators examine a vehicle used by two drug suspects killed during an alleged shootout with officers along NIA Road in Quezon City on June 21, 2016. JOVEN CAGANDE/file
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President Rodrigo Duterte's crusade against drug users and dealers is controversial

Workers burying cadavers in various stages of decomposition in a mass grave in Manila, after health officials recovered the cadavers from Henry's Funeral Home. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.

Workers burying cadavers in various stages of decomposition in a mass grave in Manila, after health officials recovered the cadavers from Henry’s Funeral Home. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.Source:AFP

A worker arranging cadavers in various stages of decomposition at the morgue of Henry's Funeral Homes in Manila. Picture: AFP/ Noel Celis.

A worker arranging cadavers in various stages of decomposition at the morgue of Henry’s Funeral Homes in Manila. Picture: AFP/ Noel Celis.Source:AFP

Health officials closed Henry's Funeral Home after recovering at least 120 unclaimed and rotting cadavers in Manila. The city health department conducted a surprise raid after receiving complaints about a foul odour coming from the funeral parlour. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.

Health officials closed Henry’s Funeral Home after recovering at least 120 unclaimed and rotting cadavers in Manila. The city health department conducted a surprise raid after receiving complaints about a foul odour coming from the funeral parlour. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.Source:AFP

Workers carrying cadavers in various stages of decomposition at the morgue of Henry's Funeral Homes in Manila, October 2016. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.

Workers carrying cadavers in various stages of decomposition at the morgue of Henry’s Funeral Homes in Manila, October 2016. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.Source:AFP

Philippines Novel Approach To Cutting Drug Abuse: Murder Users, Dealers — Now in Act II, Drug rehabilitation at the community-level with limited expertise

April 23, 2017

Duterte’s War on Drugs Stumbles in Rehabilitation Effort

Government pulls back on supersize treatment centers; focus placed on community leaders with little medical expertise

Boys undergoing drug rehabilitation are seen inside a dormitory at a government- run rehabilitation center in Taguig, near Manila, in December.

Boys undergoing drug rehabilitation are seen inside a dormitory at a government- run rehabilitation center in Taguig, near Manila, in December. PHOTO: ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

MANILA—The government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is giving up on supersize drug rehabilitation centers, shifting the burden of treating addicts to community-level programs with little medical expertise.

Rehabilitation was the other half of Mr. Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, a crackdown that has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people and targeted four million addicts whom the president has said he would “be happy to slaughter.” Nearly 1.3 million addicts and dealers, told they need to surrender or face a similar fate from vigilantes and police, have presented themselves for compulsory rehabilitation.

Treating the flood of self-confessed users presents a monumental task for the government. Its retreat from supersize rehab centers, a major pillar of its rehabilitation efforts, adds to criticism that the drug war is focused on extermination rather than healing.

One reason the government is reversing course is that far fewer people than expected have been classified as sufficiently drug-dependent to be sent to the centers—an indication to some that the president has overstated the country’s methamphetamine epidemic, a drug known locally as shabu. The impoverished country has also struggled to fund its rehabilitation programs, another reason, along with the siting of centers far from patients’ families, that admissions have been low.

The government’s flagship facility north of Manila, financed by a Chinese businessman and intended to eventually hold 10,000 addicts, has only 179 patients. The existing building, finished last year in the project’s first phase with a capacity of 500, won’t be expanded, according to government officials.

“I don’t suppose that we will be continuing with the concept of mega rehab,” John Castriciones, undersecretary for operations at the Department of the Interior and Local Government, told local media this month. Mr. Castriciones’s department, which oversees community rehabilitation, didn’t respond to requests for comment on the policy change.

The government says it will still use the rehabilitation centers for the most severe addiction cases, but the vast majority of people surrendering to police will now get help from community leaders, who mental-health experts say are ill-equipped to serve them.

A former drug user underwent ventosa cupping therapy as part of a Catholic church's rehabilitation program in Quezon City, near Manila, in January.

A former drug user underwent ventosa cupping therapy as part of a Catholic church’s rehabilitation program in Quezon City, near Manila, in January. PHOTO: ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS
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Ronnie Taguba, the head of a small community, known as a barangay, of about 4,000 people in Manila, is one such leader. Most Sundays, Mr. Taguba rises at 5 a.m. and goes jogging around the cinder-block and corrugated-iron houses of his neighborhood, followed by around 30 wheezing drug addicts. At other times, he holds zumba sessions, followed by a period of Bible study.

“We talk to them and say it’s hard to go to jail,” said Mr. Taguba, who supports the president’s drug war. “We give them protection, but say if you continue to use drugs, you will go to jail.”

After surrendering to police, self-declared drug addicts are triaged into groups by a medley of health workers, psychiatrists and doctors, based on their behavior during interviews. The most severely addicted are confined in government rehabilitation camps, run by medical professionals, where they participate in a recovery program involving strict daily routines.

Delfin Gubatan, who runs a government rehabilitation center in Dagupan, north of Manila, said all residential patients at his 300-bed facility complete their course and 76% of them remain drug-free in the 18 months after completion. Courses typically last six months or more.

A participant works on a religious Mother and Child figurine as part of a drug addiction rehabilitation programme in a Catholic church in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines January 14, 2017.

A participant works on a religious Mother and Child figurine as part of a drug addiction rehabilitation programme in a Catholic church in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines January 14, 2017. PHOTO: ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS
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The government said last year it would increase the budget for rehabilitation by five times to three billion Philippine pesos ($60 million) in 2017. No figures are available for the security costs involved in Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs.

The president in public has largely focused on police efforts to rid the country of shabu drug addicts and dealers. Government officials routinely say the country has as many as four million drug users, although the Philippines’ Dangerous Drugs Board counted 1.8 million drug users in the 100 million population in a 2015 study.

The campaign’s carnage has been decried by opposition parties, the country’s Roman Catholic Church and human-rights organizations, but hasn’t dented the president’s approval ratings, which consistently poll as high as 80%.

Supporters say he is ridding the country of a scourge that has destroyed families and fueled corruption.

Guilermo Gomez, a recovering drug addict who is a program director at Bridges of Hope, a private rehabilitation center in Manila, said the government needs to broaden its approaching to treating drug abusers.

“You have to attend to the survivors,” he said, noting that successful rehabilitation requires the government to deal with the social issues that lead to addiction, like poverty. “We can rehabilitate a million—we can—but not instantaneously. Not in three years.”

Psychiatrists warn that many of the local community methods of rehabilitation such as exercise classes are ineffective when dealing with drug addiction no matter how much money is being spent.

“In the Philippines now everyone is an expert in addiction,” said Fareda Flores, president of the Philippine Psychiatric Association, who said she is concerned about reports that misguided local leaders are resorting to publicly shaming drug addicts as a treatment method. “We believe that addiction is an illness, a disorder, so there is really no benefit from that kind of treatment.”

Write to Jake Maxwell Watts at jake.watts@wsj.com

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Workers burying cadavers in various stages of decomposition in a mass grave in Manila, after health officials recovered the cadavers from Henry’s Funeral Home. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.Source:AFP

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Philippines: Presidential Spokesman Calls 7,000 Extrajudicial Killings “Fake News” (It’s actually more like 9,000) — Further Erodes Credibility of Philippine Government, Philippine National Police (PNP)

April 21, 2017
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella called reports on more than 7,000 extralegal killings “false news.” PCOO/King Rodriguez

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson on Friday called reports of nearly 9,000 drug-related deaths “false news,” months after media organizations and international groups used the figure in their reports.

Ernesto Abella, the presidential spokesperson, said that the persistent reports of more 7,000 killed, which is now said to be nearly 9,000, was “false news” as the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that the figure was much lower.

“On the number of extrajudicial deaths, the persistent news reports of 7,000 killed, which is now being said to be close to 9,000, is false,” Abella said.

The president’s spokesperson said that based on official police data there were only 6,011 homicide cases being investigated. Of the figure, only 1,398 cases were found to be drug related, contrary to reports that 9,000 have already been killed in anti-illegal drugs operations, Abella said.

Abella, meanwhile, called on organizations which report on drug incidents to be fair and not to rush to judgment as he emphasized that people appreciated the changes being implemented by the administration and the way these were carried out.

“We ask to be understood not just from a single perspective, but from the point of view of Filipinos who desire change, stability and fairness,” Abella said.

The number of murders and homicide cases, however, have risen dramatically at the start of the Duterte administration last year despite government’s denial that they are related to the brutal war on drugs. Drug experts also acknowledge that stringent law enforcement policy against narcotics have historically resulted in unnecessary violence and deaths.

Abella’s comments came days after a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that public satisfaction with the government’s conduct of the war on drugs plunging by 11 points, from +77 in December 2016 to +66 in March 2017.

He also assuaged American concern on the increasing extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, saying that those who breached protocol would be made to account.

“We share the concern of US Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy, who has been quoted in the media saying ‘there are elements of the drug war that are operating outside the rule of law,’” the spokesperson said.

Abella said that the PNP has an Internal Affairs Service which would probe into cases of police violations.

“This body can suspend or dismiss PNP personnel based on violations incurred and can recommend the filing of criminal charges,” he said.

He said that security forces followed procedures in conducting their operations although force may be used to protect the safety of the police.

“Local authorities follow operation protocols and the proper enforcement of our laws requires the use of reasonable force merited by the attendant circumstances,” he said.

Not a single cop, however, has been accused by police investigators before a court of unjustifiably killing drug suspects in police operations. President Rodrigo Duterte himself said he will defend and pardon cops accused of wrongdoing in the field.

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Workers burying cadavers in various stages of decomposition in a mass grave in Manila, after health officials recovered the cadavers from Henry’s Funeral Home. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.Source:AFP

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Philippines: National Police killings ‘committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population’ — ‘Reign of terror’ — ‘Extermination’ — Insiders talking to evidence gatherers for the International Criminal Court

April 18, 2017
At least 39 people were killed in police operations during Holy Week as Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa proved true to his word that there would be no Lenten break in the war on drugs. AP/Bullit Marquez, file
  • Almost 9,000 people killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June
  • Two senior officials have claimed that police orchestrated many of those killings 
  • Police paid to kill drug suspects and – for 10,000 pesos ($200) a head – rapists, pickpockets, swindlers, gang members, alcoholics and other ‘troublemakers’

The Philippine police have given bonuses for killing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the murders they blamed on vigilantes, said two senior officers.

The officials, who are critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs,’ challenged the government’s explanations of the killings in interviews.

Almost 9,000 people, many small-time users and dealers, have been killed since Duterte took office on June 30. Police say about a third of the victims were shot by officers in self-defence during legitimate anti-drug operations.

Human rights monitors believe the remaining two thirds were killed by paid assassins working with police or by police disguised as vigilantes – a charge the police deny.

Philippine police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on vigilantes, claim officials critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's (pictured) 'war on drugs'

Philippine police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on vigilantes, claim officials critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s (pictured) ‘war on drugs’

The two senior officers, one a retired police intelligence officer and the other an active-duty commander, claimed the killings are in fact orchestrated by the police, including most of those carried out by vigilantes. They spoke on the condition of anonymity.

‘It is the Philippine National Police doing it,’ said the retired intelligence officer.

‘This killing machine must be buried six feet under the ground.’ He said he was angry about the impact of the killings on police discipline and wanted ‘to put Duterte on the defensive.’ Reuters was unable to independently verify if the police are behind vigilante killings.

The president’s office and the Philippine police did not respond to questions from Reuters.

The intelligence officer has authored an unpublished 26-page report on the conduct of the drug war in an effort to organize opposition to Duterte’s campaign.

The report, titled ‘The State-Sponsored Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines,’ provides granular detail on the campaign’s alleged methods, masterminds and perpetrators. The document has been shared with leaders of the Catholic Church in the Philippines and with the government-funded Commission on Human Rights.

Some of the report’s accusations against individuals could not be confirmed by Reuters; the news agency is therefore not publishing the full document.

Many of its findings, however, support and expand upon previous investigations of the drug war by Reuters and independent human rights monitors.

Human rights monitors believe paid assassins operating with police backing or by police disguised as vigilantes killed two thirds of the 9,000 people who have died since June 30 - a charge police deny

Human rights monitors believe paid assassins operating with police backing or by police disguised as vigilantes killed two thirds of the 9,000 people who have died since June 30 – a charge police deny

The report claims that police are paid to kill not just drug suspects, but also – for 10,000 pesos ($200) a head – rapists, pickpockets, swindlers, gang members, alcoholics and other ‘troublemakers.’

It also claims that civilian members of the so-called Davao Death Squad, which rights activists allege killed hundreds of people in Duterte’s hometown of Davao, were drafted to ‘augment and assist’ the police’s current nationwide anti-drug operation.

The report doesn’t provide documentary evidence for its accusations, which the intelligence officer said were based on accounts from 17 serving or former policemen, including the commander Reuters interviewed. The police commander said he agreed to talk because he was upset that authorities are targeting only petty drug suspects. ‘Why aren’t they killing the suppliers?’ he asked. ‘Only the poor are dying.’

The second half of the report is largely political in nature, asserting that Duterte has close ties to Communist forces in the Philippines. Many in the military and police are concerned by what they see as Duterte’s leftist sympathies. Since taking office, the president has released Communist rebels from prison to restart peace talks.

The report also calls the drug war a ‘social cleansing’ campaign similar to that launched in Mao Zedong’s China, with Duterte aiming to have drug addicts ‘physically eliminated.’

The Commission on Human Rights has reviewed the report and the accounts could open up new leads in ongoing investigations, said chairman Chito Gascon. Church officials confirmed receiving the report as well.

A report claims that police are paid to kill not just drug suspects, but also - for 10,000 pesos ($200) a head - rapists, pickpockets, swindlers, gang members, alcoholics and other 'troublemakers' (pictured, police interrogating local residents in operation against drugs

A report claims that police are paid to kill not just drug suspects, but also – for 10,000 pesos ($200) a head – rapists, pickpockets, swindlers, gang members, alcoholics and other ‘troublemakers’ (pictured, police interrogating local residents in operation against drugs

‘We should do all we can to follow any lead that could ultimately shed light on these killings with the view to ultimately holding the perpetrators to account,’ said Gascon.

The fresh claims come amid growing criticism of the drug war. In February, the country’s influential Catholic Church called it a ‘reign of terror.’ The campaign has also sparked street protests and lawsuits.

Duterte’s police chief, Ronald Dela Rosa, halted police operations for most of February after it emerged that an anti-drug unit had kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman last year. The killings continued but at a slower pace. On March 6, Dela Rosa announced that the police were resuming their drug operations.

In March, a former policeman, Arturo Lascanas, testified in the Philippine Senate about his role in vigilante-style killings in the southern city of Davao, where Duterte was once mayor. Lascanas was the second Senate witness to link Duterte to the Davao Death Squad. Duterte denies ordering any killings, either as president or mayor.

In a subsequent interview, Lascanas told Reuters that for over a decade he was paid for carrying out the liquidation of drug suspects and criminals. In the early 1990s, he said, he was paid 3,000 to 5,000 pesos ($60-$100) for each of the ‘jobs’ he performed.

By the early 2000s he was earning tens of thousands of pesos for each operation, he said. Lascanas said he had no documentary proof of the payments. He has since left the country.

In the past nine months, police acknowledge having shot dead more than 2,600 suspects during their operations. They say such shootings occur after suspects open fire on undercover officers trying to catch them dealing drugs.

It also claims that civilian members of the so-called Davao Death Squad, which rights activists allege killed hundreds of people in Duterte's hometown of Davao, were drafted to 'augment and assist' the police's current nationwide anti-drug operation. Pictured, Duterte with Trade Secretary Liam Fox)

It also claims that civilian members of the so-called Davao Death Squad, which rights activists allege killed hundreds of people in Duterte’s hometown of Davao, were drafted to ‘augment and assist’ the police’s current nationwide anti-drug operation. Pictured, Duterte with UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox

But these so-called ‘buy-busts’ are actually well-planned executions, said the commander interviewed by Reuters. The commander said targets are chosen from lists of suspects drawn up by police and local officials, who later coordinate to unplug security cameras in the neighbourhood where a killing is planned. According to the report, street lamps are also switched off.

‘There is no such thing as a legitimate buy-bust,’ the commander said. ‘The dealers know the cops and won’t sell to them.’

Instead, he said, a team of police operatives will execute the target, who is almost always unarmed, then plant guns and drugs at the crime scene to justify the use of deadly force.

‘We have to plant evidence for the legality of the operation,’ the commander said. ‘We are ordered to do these operations, so we have to protect ourselves.’

The commander said officers put the gun in the dead suspect’s hand and pull the trigger with the victim’s finger so forensic testing will show that the suspect fired a gun.

Late last year, he said, police crime-scene investigators told their fellow officers to place the guns at a slight distance from the suspects, rather than in their hands, to make things look more realistic.

Most drug suspects in his precinct are shot by rookie cops who are either eager for the experience or nominated by their superiors, the commander said. The superiors refer to this as a ‘baptism by fire.’

Each member of the team is quickly paid according to two factors, said the commander: his role in the killing and the target’s value.

According to the report, the cash ‘reward scales’ for drug killings range from 20,000 pesos ($400) for a ‘street level pusher and user,’ to 50,000 pesos for a member of a neighborhood council, one million pesos for ‘distributors, retailers and wholesalers,’ and five million for ‘drug lords.’

Police officers kill for money, said the commander, but also out of fear: Even the police are afraid of being included on a ‘watch list’ of drug suspects drawn up by police and local officials.

Officials have been killed for not cooperating, he added. He said he was aware of two cases but did not provide details on exactly what happened.

Most drug suspects in his precinct are shot by rookie cops who are either eager for the experience or nominated by their superiors, the commander said. Pictured, armed Filipino policemen stand guard next to the wall of a prison facility

Most drug suspects in his precinct are shot by rookie cops who are either eager for the experience or nominated by their superiors, the commander said. Pictured, armed Filipino policemen stand guard next to the wall of a prison facility

Reuters reported last year that the watch lists were effectively hit lists, with many of those named ending up dead. Another Reuters investigation showed that police officers were killing 97 percent of the suspects they confront in violent buy-bust operations, the strongest evidence yet that the police were summarily executing suspects.

Officers also cooperate because they know the police force’s flawed disciplinary system, which fails to adequately investigate even a fraction of the killings, means there is little chance they will get caught, said the intelligence officer.

One sign of the drug war’s success, says the government, is that more than a million users and pushers have voluntarily registered with the police, a process known as ‘surrendering.’

But the commander said police are given a quota of ‘surrenderers,’ and fill it by using city ordinances to arrest men who are drunk or shirtless – a misdemeanor known as ‘half-naked’ – then forcing them to register as drug suspects.

Reuters learned of the intelligence officer’s 26-page report from him and interviewed two Catholic priests in Manila who said they had encouraged him to compile it. One of the priests said he edited the report; the other said he helped distribute it among a small group of clerics and human rights activists. Both are helping organize opposition to Duterte’s drug campaign.

The Church’s initial reluctance to criticize Duterte’s drug war was prompted by a desire to ‘give him a chance’ when he took office, said one of the priests. But the killings, along with the president’s overtures to Communists, made many in the Church feel their values were under attack, he said.

The intelligence officer said he hoped the report would be used as evidence at the International Criminal Court. In October, the Hague-based tribunal said it could prosecute suspects if the killings were ‘committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population.’

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo, Jean-Marc Ferré

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Workers burying cadavers in various stages of decomposition in a mass grave in Manila, after health officials recovered the cadavers from Henry's Funeral Home. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.

Workers burying cadavers in various stages of decomposition in a mass grave in Manila, after health officials recovered the cadavers from Henry’s Funeral Home. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.Source:AFP

A worker arranging cadavers in various stages of decomposition at the morgue of Henry's Funeral Homes in Manila. Picture: AFP/ Noel Celis.

A worker arranging cadavers in various stages of decomposition at the morgue of Henry’s Funeral Homes in Manila. Picture: AFP/ Noel Celis.Source:AFP

Health officials closed Henry's Funeral Home after recovering at least 120 unclaimed and rotting cadavers in Manila. The city health department conducted a surprise raid after receiving complaints about a foul odour coming from the funeral parlour. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.

Health officials closed Henry’s Funeral Home after recovering at least 120 unclaimed and rotting cadavers in Manila. The city health department conducted a surprise raid after receiving complaints about a foul odour coming from the funeral parlour. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.Source:AFP

Workers carrying cadavers in various stages of decomposition at the morgue of Henry's Funeral Homes in Manila, October 2016. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.

Workers carrying cadavers in various stages of decomposition at the morgue of Henry’s Funeral Homes in Manila, October 2016. Picture: AFP / Noel Celis.Source:AFP