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Duterte drug war adds new horror to Halloween

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 01:24

Residents in a district of Manila incorporate the grim death toll of their president's war on drugs in their Halloween decor. Paul Chapman reports.

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Among the pumpkins, monsters, ghouls and ghosties of a typical Manila Hallow'een this year there's a more sinister dimension. Fake corpses, wrapped in plastic and tape, just like the bodies of many of the 3, 600 people killed so far in the government's anti-drugs crackdown. And, also like the real thing, some of the fake corpses are sporting ominous slogans such as: 'Don't be like me'. Some residents say it brings home the reality of the extra-judicial killings, many carried out by alleged vigilantes. (SOUNDBITE)(English) KRISTOFFER ALEKSIE, RESIDENT, SAYING: "Hallow'een is supposed to scare us, also have fun, but it's usually about horrors, ghosts, vampires, monsters, and I think these are...what's happening right now with the EJK (extra-judicial killings), those are the real monsters." Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power in May on an anti-crime platform promising to rid the country of its drugs problems. He's pledging to continue the bloody crackdown despite a wave of international criticism from bodies including the United Nations and the European Union.

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Duterte drug war adds new horror to Halloween

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 01:24