Philippine jails

[WATCH] Silent Tragedy: Epekto ng war on drugs sa mga bilangguan

Lian Buan, James Patrick Cruz
[WATCH] Silent Tragedy: Epekto ng war on drugs sa mga bilangguan
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MANILA, Philippines – The bloody war on drugs of former president Rodrigo Duterte did not only leave a massive death toll, but impacted the lives of tens of thousands of Filipinos who were jailed over flimsy drug charges.

The drug suspects came in droves from 2016 to 2022, and pushed the already-crowded jails to their breaking point, breaching 100,000 in the incarcerated population. The result: drug suspects waiting for months for their day in court, and other detainees caught in the limbo of clogged court dockets.

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Reporter: Lian Buan
Researcher: Patrick Cruz
Videographers: Franz Lopez, Ulysis Pontanares
Animation: David Castuciano
Graphic artists: Raffy de Guzman, Marian Hukom, Nico Villarete
Video editor, video researcher: Jaene Zaplan
Producer: JC Gotinga
Supervising producer: Beth Frondoso

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Lian Buan

Lian Buan is a senior investigative reporter, and minder of Rappler's justice, human rights and crime cluster.
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James Patrick Cruz

Patrick Cruz is a researcher and writer for Rappler’s governance cluster. Before transferring to Rappler's Research team, he covered local governments focusing on Metro Manila.