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Amid climate of fear, voices of reason and places of refuge helps offer some protection from the assassin's gun

In Philippine anti-narcotics war, some find hope, some die

A group of drug addicts, who have earlier surrendered to the police out of fear for their lives, attend a briefing prior to joining a rehabilitation program in the province of Nueva Ecija. (Photo by Eloisa Lopez)


He pursed his lips as he struggled to say his name and stammered when he spoke. His red eyes were bulging.

With neither a job nor a family, Jason Cruz had only the company of crystal meth, or shabu as it is known in the Philippines, which is the drug of choice for most Filipino drug users.

For Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has declared a war against narcotics, drug addicts like Jason are as good as dead.

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