Children of the Drug War Speak Out

Shallah Montero and Sol Juvida, PCIJ Story Project

Posted at Mar 19 2018 12:01 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2020 05:04 PM

Bagong Silang is a sprawling slum, more than 500 hectares of tightly packed shanties in northern Caloocan City, near Bulacan province. During the Marcos era, thousands of poor people were relocated here from congested communities in Metro Manila. Today some 250,000 live in what is the country’s largest barangay.

Beginning in July 2016, Bagong Silang also became one of the hotspots of the war on drugs.

This video tells the story of the 50 or so children in Bagong Silang who have lost loved ones to the drug war.

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Shallah Montero, a young filmmaker who has covered the drug war, shot this video and Sol Juvida, a veteran journalist, wrote the script. This film was supported by The PCIJ Story Project, which provides funding for collaborations between journalists and artists who work together to produce innovative stories. Twitter: @StoryProjectPH