In our Neighborhood, During the War
Blocks away from the home I grew up in, dead bodies have turned up in communities—men with heads wrapped in packaging tape, bodies covered in blood, discovered inside shanty homes and on sidewalks, children gunned down with their parents inside their bed rooms. Across the Philippines, thousands more will die in this way. Rodrigo Duterte's bloody 'War on Drugs' has so far claimed more than 7,000 lives in the months since he took office - and he promises that thousands more will suffer the same fate, in his desire to 'preserve the generation.'
They were brothers, sons, fathers. Duterte asks, 'Are they human?'