Documentaries and Reports

Horror of the Philippines’ drug war

Every night, photographers cover the killings of individuals who were suspected to be involved in illegal drugs trade. Maskedmen kill their victims and leave the bodies with placards. The police investigating the crime scene often find traces of shabu or crystal meth and find the murder victims in possession of a gun. Taking photos of these incidents is how photographers spend most of their nights in Manila. 

Horror of the Philippines’ drug war is a documentary of CBC News following a night of the photographers covering series of murder incidents in Manila. It shows how Duterte’s war on drugs affected the lives of poor Filipinos.

On President’s Orders

A full documentary by Frontline on President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines.

It takes a closer look on the bloody drug war that claimed the lives of thousands of drug suspects under the Oplan Tokhang of the administration. 

The Nightcrawlers

This is a documentary by the National Geographic Channel that follows photojournalists who cover the bloody drug war in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Inside the Philippines' Bloody War on Drugs

This is a short documentary of Univision News following the start of drug war in the Philippines in the context of killings in Manila.

The short life of and complicated death of Kristita Padual

This is a documentary account of the death of a female on the street. Journalist of CBC News followed the story of a dead female slumped on a monobloc chair. The account narrates the endless problems and difficulties that the war on drugs has brought upon the family of the dead. It tackles the struggle of the poor to find means to sustain the costs of funeral and burial of their dead family member. 

The Philippines’ war on drugs

This is a short account of the drug war in the Philippines. SkyNews documents the killings in Quezon City and how the poor community living there were associated with the drug trade because of poverty.

Duterte drug war: Manila’s brutal nightshift

BBC News’ short documentation of drug war with Raffy Lerma, a photojournalist who covers killings at night.

Rodrigo Duterte: A President's Report Card

This documentary tells the story of the first few months of Duterte in power. It contains exclusive interviews which provides the perspective of the president on the war on drugs in the Philippines.

Duterte’s New War

Thousands of people were already killed under President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. But the administration’s thirst for blood has not yet been satisfied. Another war is launched against communist insurgents in the country following the declaration of state of emergency in the island of Negros. Extrajudicial killings are being committed and death toll continues to rise. 101 East takes a closer investigation on Duterte’s new war.

Dissecting Data: Is it safer to live in PH after war on drugs?

To verify if it is indeed safer to live in the Philippines after drug war, ABS-CBN analyzed and presented data on the state of killings, drug war operations, and crime rate in the country.

Duterte's Hell

Aaron Goodman and Luis Liwanag document the killings on the street following Duterte’s war on drugs.

Huling Gabi

Journalist Howie Severino goes with the Nightcrawlers for a supposed wake in Malabon when they were alerted with another killing incident in Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Two people were killed while they were having their dinner outside a club.

Severino further looks into the events of extrajudicial killings by interviewing families of the victims, looking at police reports, and talking with police officers and human rights organizations.  

This documentary was an iWitness episode.

Rodrigo Duterte: Guns, goons and the presidency

This episode of 101 East follows the campaign journey of Rodrigo Duterte from being a mayor of Davao City to being a candidate for the highest position in the country. This documentary focuses on what makes Duterte different from other Philippine politicians as he promises to eliminate drugs, poverty, and corruption in the country.

Deadliest Place to Deal

BBC investigates the killings linked to war on drugs in Metro Manila. This documentary features different perspectives including interviews with the families of the killed victims, the police, surrenderees, pushers, funeral owners, political supporters, the opposition, and even vigilantes who carry out the killings. It tries to link different factors that affect the implementation of war on drugs in the country under a popular political figure like Duterte.

Duterte’s War on Drugs and Those Reporting It

Duterte’s war on drugs has already claimed thousands of lives of Filipino people both innocent and accused of using and selling drugs. However, the administration did not stop in their witch hunt. Media practitioners and human rights groups and individuals are being accused of protecting drug suspects which is why they too are subject to the backslash of the campaign against war on drugs.

Project Duterte. Law enforcement or mass terror:The Philippines’ war on drugs

Drug Use and Trafficking Elimination through Rehabilitation, Training and Enforcement

This documentary features cases of drug-related killings and crimes under the Duterte administration.