UP, Ateneo, La Salle launch website to track Duterte anti-drug campaign

Rambo Talabong

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UP, Ateneo, La Salle launch website to track Duterte anti-drug campaign
The universities create 'The Drug Archive,' an online database of documents and analyses which tackle the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign

MANILA, Philippines – Three of the leading Philippine universities have gotten together for a big cause.

On Monday, June 25, the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University unveiled a joint project to keep track of the Duterte administration’s relentless anti-drug campaign.

The 3 universities collaborated with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to create The Drug Archive, an online database housing documents and analyses.

The website was launched with Columbia journalism academic dean Sheila Coronel giving an instructional voiceover on navigating the site during a forum at the Ateneo de Manila University called “The Philippine Government’s Anti-Drug Campaign: Emerging Evidence and Data.”

The site currently carries 3 modules.

The first is an online compilation of drug campaign-related cases pending in court, such as the petition for a temporary protection order submitted by residents of San Andres, Manila

The site also assembles the drug-related death tallies initiated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police.

From July 1, 2016 to May 15, 2018, the government’s counting initiative #RealNumbersPH has tallied 4,279 suspects killed in anti-illegal drug operations. Separately, in about two years – from July 1, 2016, up to June 11, 2018 – police have recorded 23,518 Homicide Cases Under Investigation. (READ: At least 33 killed daily in the Philippines since Duterte assumed office)

For context, the site links to a Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism report, which casts doubt on the government’s counting effort, #RealNumbersPH.

The last module collates government-issued documents and their summaries.

COMPILING COUNTS. The Drug Archive collects anti-drug campaign death tallies by the government. Screengrab from The Drug Archive website

CASES MONITORED. The cases filed in court are listed and given a summary. Screengrab from The Drug Archive website

DOCUMENTS. The website summarizes documents related to the anti-drug campaign and gathers links to their complete texts. Screengrab from The Drug Archive website


Visit the site at drugarchive.ph. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.