‘The scariest’: What people are saying about ‘Aswang’

The documentary tackles the first two years of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

EYE OPENER. 'Aswang' has been getting godo reviews from people on social media. Screenshot from Aswang trailer

MANILA, Philippines – After Alyn Ayn Arumpac’s Aswang began streaming online – for a limited time – on Saturday, July 11, Filipinos immediately went to social media to air their thoughts after watching the documentary.

Some described the documentary as “the scariest movie” they watched. Others said it was disturbing.


A handful were also quick to point out the most horrifying part of the film – that it was not a work of fiction but a record of what happened during President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs.” 


Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Elago, a staunch critic of Duterte’s bloody campaign, urged followers to watch the film. 

Here are few more reactions from social media:





Aswang documents the first two years of President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs. The “war,” spearheaded by Philippine police, has been criticized for targetting poor communities and tens of thousands of deaths – both in the hands of police and so-called vigilantes. 

Duterte, a former Davao City mayor, promised to get rid of drugs in “3-6 months.” He has been in power since 2016, yet the “war on drugs” continues. 

Aswang was scheduled to be part of the 6-day Daang Dokyu Festival in March 2020, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The documentary bagged the the international critics’ FIPRESCI Award during the International Documentary Film Festival in 2019 in Amsterdam. 

The documentary is available to stream on Vimeo until Sunday, July 12 (Philippine time). – Rappler.com 

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