Philippines: Shocking images reveal the true cost of Duterte’s war on drugs
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Philippines: Shocking images reveal the true cost of Duterte’s war on drugs

THE cost of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s on-going war on drugs is beginning to rear its ugly – and rather bloody – head, with the body count rising above 300 in less than a month and no end in sight.

With the killings, often carried out by police and death squads, the former Davao city mayor looks to be living up to his nickname as “The Punisher”, despite calls from rights groups to end the string of ‘vigilante’ justice.

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Local reports indicate that there have been at least 300 drug-related deaths since the start of July, of which 61 were carried out by vigilantes. Another 70,000 drug addicts have surrendered themselves to the government.

The images compiled below show the true cost of Duterte’s war on drugs. The photographs, taken across the Philippines, show just a few of the hundreds of suspected drug criminals that have either been killed in shootouts with police or mysteriously found dead on the streets.

An alleged drug dealer and victim of a summary execution lies dead on a main throughfare on July 23, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.  His wife has refuted claims that he peddled drugs and maintained her husband is nothing more than a pedicab driver plying his trade when he was shot in front of her. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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Two women cry in grief after armed assailants in a motorcycle shot their loved one in a main thoroughfare on July 23, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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The woman clutches her dead husband in grief after armed assailants in a motorcycle shot him in a main thoroughfare on July 23, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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A crime scene where an alleged drug dealer was killed in an alleged shootout with police on July 22, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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Police examine the bodies of two female victims of a summary execution with their mouth and eyes wrapped in tape on July 21, 2016 in Manila, Philippines (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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The body of an alleged drug dealer killed in a shooutout with swat teams during a drug raid on July 21, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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Forensic workers take out the body of an alleged drug dealer killed in a shooutout with police during a drug raid on July 21, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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The body of an alleged drug dealers and victims of summary executions inside a funeral parlor on July 27, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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An alleged drug dealer and victim of a summary execution with hands bound and his head wrapped in tape lie on a road on July 27, 2016 in Manila, (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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An alleged drug dealer and victim of a summary execution with hands bound and his head wrapped in tape lie on a road on July 27, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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The body of an alleged drug dealer and victim of a summary execution  was dumped in the middle of a busy thoroughfare on July 16, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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People living in a shanty community look on at a crime scene on July 18, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)