Nina Trige Andersen is a historian and freelance journalist. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
DRUGS: What happens when you don’t just give the executers of state monopolized violence license to kill, but also a promise of impunity?

Half a year into the Philippines’ so-called war on drugs, I interviewed two elderly women near the airport in a Metro Manila suburb. Both had lost sons to unidentified shooters and, as they were sure it was the local police, feared for their own lives. Still, the women remained determined in seeking justice even if, almost as sure, they would never get it.

After spending the day in their (deeply impoverished) neighbourhood, I went to one of Metro Manila’s oldest and most expensive gated communities, Forbes Park, where I was invited to a reception of Danish diplomats and expats. That evening, I was told to stop being so preoccupied with the war on drugs and the extrajudicial killings. Instead, I should write about all the good things president Rodrigo Duterte has done.

Before regaining my posture after hearing diplomats of a country boasting to defend freedom of speech telling a journalist what to write about and what to not, another followed up, saying: «You know, the war on drugs doesn’t really affect our daily lives. »

Wow, . . .

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