Gunned down in the street, these are the bodies of men killed in President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on illegal drugs.
Some men are seen stripped to their underwear, with their hands and feet tied. Others have their faces covered in tape or their clothes soaked with blood.
Wives and family members are pictured clutching the lifeless bodies of their loved ones who were killed in the summary executions carried out by police officers, without the benefit of a full and fair trial.
Officers have already killed almost 300 people since the start of July and the death toll is set to rise.
In his first state of the nation address to parliament Mr Duterte, dubbed ‘The Punisher’, ignored the outrage over the continuing death count, declaring that drugs were ‘drowning his country’ and had to be stopped at all costs.
‘Double your efforts. Triple them if need be,’ Mr Duterte told police.
The President also added that
‘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.
Human rights groups obtained police figures that showed Mr Duterte’s violent crackdown has claimed the lives of 293 suspected users and pushers in police operations between July 1 and July 24.
This figure does not include drug dealers killed by vigilante groups and those working outside the law.
Mr Duterte made it clear he would pardon police if they were charged with human rights violations for carrying out his merciless orders. More cuts below:
A man in a blood soaked white t-shirt lays curled up on the ground next to a handgun as a police officer inspects the scene
Two women cry in grief after armed assailants in a motorcycle shot their loved one in a main thoroughfare on July 23, in Manila. The victim was an alleged drug peddler but his wife says maintained her husband is nothing more than a pedicab driver.
Police have confirmed killing more than 110 drug suspects since the president came to power, while local news reports suggest that figure is around 200.
At least 43,000 alleged drug traffickers have been ‘neutralised’ and 300kg of shabu, a highly addictive methamphetamine, has been confiscated, according to local reports.
President Duterte has warned of widespread bloodshed as part of the government’s war on drugs.
He vowed on one occasion during the election campaign that 100,000 people would die, and so many bodies would be dumped in Manila Bay that the fish there would grow fat from feeding on them, according to the South China Morning Post.
Duterte has also told police he would protect them from legal consequences if they killed drug dealers, the Post reported.
Apparently those who surrender won’t get killed.
Filipino suspected drug users and pushers participate in exercises after voluntarily surrendering in Manila