WHAT WENT BE­FORE

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Reuters in­ves­ti­ga­tions of Pres­i­dent Duterte’s bloody war on il­le­gal drugs have been pub­lished by the Philip­pine Daily In­quirer, ap­pear­ing mostly on the news­pa­per’s front page.

In the Dec. 7, 2016, In­quirer ban­ner story, “War on drugs: 97% kill ra­tio,” Reuters re­viewed 42 shoot­ings in drug-re­lated po­lice op­er­a­tions and nine cases in­ves­ti­gated by the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights in Metro Manila and found that po- lice of­fi­cers had killed a to­tal of 100 sus­pects and wounded three oth­ers—a 100:3 kill ra­tio, much higher than in coun­tries with com­pa­ra­ble records of vi­o­lence linked to drugs.

On July 1, 2017, the In­quirer’s in­side page car­ried the Reuters story on how of­fi­cers sent corpses of vic­tims in an­tidrug op­er­a­tions to the hos­pi­tal af­ter po­lice al­legedly de­stroyed ev­i­dence at crime scenes to hide il­le­gal killings.

The Reuters story on the al- leged ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings of three drug sus­pects in Manila that were cap­tured on video was the front page head­line of the In­quirer on Nov. 29, 2017.

Reuters’ re­port on the killings car­ried out by the so-called Davao Boys in the nar­cotics unit of Sta­tion 6 of the Que­zon City Po­lice District also landed on the In­quirer front page on Dec. 21, 2017.

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