NYT Photojournalist on Philippines Drug War
Los Angeles (CNN) President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has led to a deadly crackdown in the Philippines.
The country’s national police says nearly 6,000 people have been killed since July 1.
More than 1/3 of them happened during police operations — but more than half were extrajudicial or vigilante-style killings. They largely remain unsolved murders.
Cops have also been to more than five million homes over the last six months — all in an effort to eradicate the problem.
Daniel Berehulak is a photojournalist with the New York Times. He photographed 57 homicide victims during a month long stint in the Philippines. He joined John Vause on “CNN Newsroom L.A.” to talk about two of his most haunting images.
Killed at Home — “Florjohn (Cruz) was home, one evening, fixing a transistor radio for his mother when a group of masked men stormed into his living room and ordered his mother out. Within three minutes, Florjohn was dead. Neighbors heard that the police yelled out that Florjohn was fighting back, and within a short period of time, they heard gunshots. Florjohn was shot dead in the middle of his living room.”
A Father’s Funeral — “That was one of the toughest days to photograph and to watch. It’s a photograph of a young girl grieving for her father. Jimboy (Balasa) was weeks before abducted by vigilantes, masked men from in front of their house. His neighbor was also abducted. Within 45 minutes their bodies were found tortured and with bullet wounds under a nearby bridge.”
Produced by: Ben Bamsey for “CNN Newsroom L.A.”