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Deadliest Place to Deal

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Deadliest Place to Deal review – the carnage at the heart of Duterte’s war on drugs

March 25, 2017 – By Tim Dowling

As a documentary presenter, Livvy Haydock is no stranger to risk. She has made films about girl gangs and prison smuggling. She has been to war zones and worked with Ross Kemp. But throughout Deadliest Place to Deal (BBC3) she looked profoundly ill at ease, as if the Philippines was the last place she wanted to be.

It is not hard to imagine why. It has been eight months since the foul-mouthed populist Rodrigo Duterte was elected president on a platform of eliminating crime, corruption and drugs. “He promised that all of that would be gone in six months,” a local journalist tells Haydock. “He also promised it would be bloody.”

It has been. Duterte’s war on drugs has killed more than 7,000 people. The vast majority of these have been extrajudicial executions, either by police or – more frequently – by vigilantes acting on police instructions. To call Duterte unrepentant would be to understate things. “Hitler massacred three million Jews,” he said in one speech. “Now there are three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them all.” His numbers might be off, but there is no disputing his intent.

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The worst place in the world to deal drugs: On patrol with Philippines president Duterte’s narco squads who are accused of killing 7,000 in eight months

March 20, 2017 – By FIONN HARGREAVES

Filmmaker Livvy Haydock went on patrol with policemen sent to investigate suspected dealers, for a BBC documentary on Duerte’s war on drugs.

She saw the dead body of a dealer, whose wallet had been emptied with a note placed inside, which read: ‘Sorry I destroyed my life because of drugs, sorry I’m a pusher.’

But not all of the killings have been committed by official police officers.

Masked vigilantes have killed more than 4,000 people involved in drugs, after Duerte told people to ‘go ahead and kill’.

Ms Haydock spoke to a vigilante who told her he had killed 12 people recently.

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THE MIRROR

City of blood: Manila’s merciless war on drugs where police and vigilantes have executed 4,000

March 20, 2017 – By LIVVY HAYDOCK

It was still only early, not long past midnight and we had a tip there was another drug related killing, number four of the night.

The body lay in front of a car, handcuffed, with a single gunshot to the head. It wasn’t what you’d think.

This wasn’t a drug dealer executing a rival.

His wallet had been emptied and inside was a note that read “Sorry I destroyed my life because of drugs, sorry I’m a pusher.”

Executions like this began as soon as Rodrigo Duterte was inaugurated as President of the Philippines last June. During his campaign he pledged to rid the country of drugs by killing anyone involved in them. Since Duterte took power over 7,000 people have been killed.

I joined the night crawlers, local journalists whose main job has become tracking and documenting the killings, sometimes up to 20 a night.

On my first night I didn’t have to wait long until the first killing was reported.

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PREVIEWS

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Independent – Pick of the Day

Anyone thinking Donald Trump is the last word in dangerous populism should join reporter Livvy Haydock (left) in the Philippines, where the recently elected President, Rodrigo Duterte, was swept to power promising to clean up the country by “slaughtering” anyone involved in illegal drugs. And so far Duterte has kept his campaign promise, with an estimated 7,000 people killed in the past eight months. Haydock embeds with Manila police unable to keep up with the killings, and if “Duterte Harry” is to be believed, this is just the beginning. “Hitler killed three million Jews,” he tells supporters. “There are three million drug users. I’d be happy to slaughter them all.”

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The National – Pick of the Day

We’re used to politicians making big promises and then failing to deliver, so I wonder how the people of the Philippines react when their troubling president Rodrigo Duterte makes his latest wild claims … because the chances are that he’ll stick to them.

Among his various statements was a determination to kill anyone caught dealing drugs. In fact, he said he would start “slaughtering” them and he’s stuck to this policy, with 7000 people killed in the past eight months.
In this astonishing programme, Livvy Haydock visits the capital Manila to see what this violent campaign against drugs is really like. She accompanies the police on raids and also meets drug dealers and bereaved families. Are the police really tackling crime, or are they trigger-happy and planting evidence? She also investigates whether the police are encouraging, and even actively assisting, vigilantes who will gladly kill drug pushers.