The images are part of an ongoing photo story.
Rodrigo Roa Duterte became president of the Philippines on June 30, 2016. Come election day, 16 million gave him their votes. In return, he gave them his word. The President’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs also prodded the Philippine National Police to cleanse its own ranks as the Chief Executive disclosed the names of incumbent officials who were alleged protectors of drug lords.
Death in these photographs came in many faces: suspected drug pushers being shot in a drug raid; man dumped under the bridge by unknown assailants, and druggies killed on railroad tracks, . Some corpses have been deprived of their faces. To further shock the public, assassins wrap their victims heads with packaging tapes before dumping them on the streets for everyone to see. And to further humiliate the victims, cardboards that bore the words ‘I’m a pusher, don’t be like me’ or ‘I’m a drug addict’ were thrown beside their bodies.
Most Filipinos believe President Rodrigo Duterte can fulfill his promises based on national surveys.
About Linus Escandor II
Linus Guardian Escandor II is an Independent Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer currently living in Manila, Philippines.
He is a self-taught photographer, and has already taken part in collective exhibitions, in Sarajevo, Berlin, London, New York, Switzerland and the Philippines.
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