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Night Shift

Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2017 08:19 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2017 08:39 PM

From July 1, 2016 to June 6, 2017, there were 61,592 drug-related operations by the Philippine National Police. A total of 3,116 "drug personalities" were killed in these operations by authorities, where the suspects presumably fought back ("nanlaban"), prompting cops or agents to defend themselves.

Yet, this is not the whole picture.

Aside from these anti-drug operations, there have been murders or homicides, where drug users or pushers were summarily executed. Many were abducted, tortured and eventually killed.

In Quezon City, for instance, a man was shot in the head inside his home in the presence of his wife and children.

Although theft and robbery cases decreased during the first 11 months of the Duterte administration, murder cases increased--from 8,445 (July 2015 to May 2016) to 11,086 (July 2016 to May 2017).  There were 12,306 murder and homicide cases with 14,099 victims from July 1, 2016 to May 26, 2017, of which 2,082 were found to be drug-related; a total of 7,811 cases were still being investigated, the motives still undetermined. (Sources: PNP, PDEA)

These unresolved cases fall under what police label as Deaths Under Investigation (DUI). Majority of those killed were drug users or those allegedly involved in drug pushing. But investigations into their deaths remain incomplete. Of those killed by masked gunmen, few suspects have been arrested. Those left behind are still asking for justice.

Police, however, say that the streets are now safer, with crime volume down by 10%.  A Social Weather Stations (SWS) national survey in March 2017 also shows that the campaign against illegal drugs got a +66 net satisfaction rating. However, 73% were worried that someone they know would be a victim of extra-judicial killing, and 92% said it was important that drug suspects be captured alive.

These photos and stories are just snapshots of what happened in some parts of Metro Manila the past year during night shift. 

NAVOTAS

Murder at the fish port

Working as a fish hauler at the Navotas fish port, Irish Glorioso worked from past midnight until late in the morning. One night, he was on a tricycle to work when three men wearing masks stopped the tricycle and forced him at gunpoint to go with them. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NAVOTAS

Murder at the fish port

When he resisted, they dragged him out of the Navotas fish port, took him to Road 10, and shot him several times. Neighbors said he had a fight with a local policeman and was also being harassed by goons just a few days before. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NAVOTAS

Murder at the fish port

Glorioso had just met a girl where he worked at the Navotas Fish Port. On this night, he was on his way to work. His parents had not seen him for quite a while since he started living in with his partner. It was the last time they saw him. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NAVOTAS

Murder at the fish port

Police investigators turned his body around, which revealed bullet wounds on his body. Although he was abducted from the Navotas fish port, his body was found in this dark portion of Road 10, now a notorious place for murders. His body had wounds from a .45 cal. pistol. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NAVOTAS

Murder at the fish port

Irish was one of the bread winners in the family who, aside from fish hauling, also took odd jobs like working as a waiter and joining dance contests to support his family, according to his mother. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NAVOTAS

Murder at the fish port

Glorioso is now a statistic, one of over 2,000 people murdered as the war on drugs continues. Morgue workers are now used to the nightly chore of picking up dead bodies from murder scenes all over Metro Manila. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NAVOTAS

Murder at the fish port

Autopsy showed that gunshot wounds to his chest and the back of his head and one clean bullet-hole on his forehead caused his untimely demise. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NOVALICHES

Murder foretold

On June 13, 2017, Manuel Borbe had just been released from prison where he spent 6 years for a petty crime. He met his wife and sisters at dinner time and bid them goodbye, saying “Baka huling hapunan ko na ito, sa susunod, hindi nyo na ako makikitang buhay.” (‘This might be my last dinner with you, you may no longer see me alive.”) Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NOVALICHES

Murder foretold

His sisters believe that Borbe was just an underling for a local policeman allegedly involved in recycling drugs. A common practice among poor offenders is that inmates who have done time are recruited by rogue policemen who need runners for their drug- pushing operations, but once they are not needed anymore, they are either put back in jail or ‘liquidated.’ Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NOVALICHES

Murder foretold

Manuel Borbe was killed by unknown gunmen who shot him in the back of his head as he sat beside a friend at a street corner in Quezon City on June 16, 2017. On the night he was killed, the community’s electricity was out. It was dark and the only CCTV camera that the barangay had was not working. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NOVALICHES

Murder foretold

No drug paraphernalia was recovered from his belongings at the crime scene. What police found was a stick of cigarette, a lighter, a few peso bills. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NOVALICHES

Murder foretold

Another life taken. Manuel’s sister could only grieve over her dead brother as coroners got ready to take his body away, leaving his 9-year-old daughter orphaned. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

CALOOCAN

Mistaken identity?

On the night of his murder, 25-year-old Gary Valencia had just arrived home from his job as a butcher. Police claimed to have recovered a sachet of shabu beside his body. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NOVALICHES

Murder foretold

Still in shock, Gary’s mother narrated that her son had gone outside that night to buy some bread until she heard the bad news. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NOVALICHES

Murder foretold

Gary Valencia was with a companion when they were ambushed by killers who waited at a shaded part of the alley where they passed by. His companion, John Dela Cruz, 47, narrowly escaped with a bullet wound in his left thigh. He was taken to the hospital to be treated. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NOVALICHES

Murder foretold

At the morgue, Gary’s mother and brother arrived to say their last goodbyes. The family believed that it was Dela Cruz, a slightly older friend of Gary from the neighborhood, who was the real target of the gunmen. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NOVALICHES

Murder foretold

In between sobs, her mother repeatedly asked Gary who did the crime, believing that Gary must have irritated members of rival gangs in the rougher parts of the neighborhood. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

QUEZON CITY

Witnessing a father’s death

Jomar was watching television with his wife and three daughters in their home in Quezon City when five masked men barged in, shoved his family to one side, and shot him in the back. He was shot multiple times in front of his wife and children. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

QUEZON CITY

Witnessing a father’s death

With the help of his father, Jomar supported his family through his income as an electrical repairman. Jomar’s wife admitted his drug-use history, but that he had already stopped using illegal drugs and was not involved in drug peddling. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

QUEZON CITY

Witnessing a father’s death

Marianito Libo-on, still shocked over the incident, observed crime scene investigators as they gathered evidences and processed Jomar’s body inside his residence in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

QUEZON CITY

Witnessing a father’s death

Neighbors were surprised by the violent attack; they didn’t imagine that such a crime would happen in their community. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

QUEZON CITY

Witnessing a father’s death

Resigned over Jomar’s fate, his wife condemned the violent attack done in front of their children. “Tanggap ko na kung ganoon man ang gagawin nila pero huwag naman sa harap ng mga bata,” she said. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

QUEZON CITY

Witnessing a father’s death

Jomar’s little girl sat shocked in front of their home as neighbors cleaned the blood of her father from their home. Her experience mirrored the emotional pain and anguish other children who witnessed their parent’s murder and have been orphaned as a result of the government’s drug war. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News