The Death Toll of the War on Drugs

MAP, CHARTS: The Death Toll of the War on Drugs

ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group

Posted at July 13, 2016 5:30 PM | Updated as of March 28, 2023 7:00 PM

These interactive map and charts show the drug-related fatalities reported since May 10, 2016 based on ABS-CBN's independent monitoring of national and local news reports, and PNP Regional Office press releases.

ABS-CBN categorized these fatalities tagged in drugs by the way they were killed:

1) Killed during police operations: The alleged drug suspects were killed by policemen in anti-illegal drug operations (such as buy-bust operations, Oplan Tokhang, Oplan Galugad etc.) that reportedly escalated to a shootout. This category also includes individuals killed by policemen after the suspects allegedly put up a fight when they were accosted for other illegal activities but were later found in possession of drugs, and the cases were referred as drug-related in news reports.

2) Killed by unidentified assailants: the individuals were killed in shooting incidents by unidentified assailants or by motorcycle-riding gunmen. The incidents were either witnessed by other people or captured on CCTV. Policemen or barangay officials would later say that the slain individuals were involved in drugs—either as user, pusher, or both—and conclude that the incidents were drug related. In some cases, relatives of the slain individuals would also say that the victims had already previously surrendered in Oplan Tokhang.

3) Bodies found away from the crime scene: the victims' bodies were dumped away from the crime scene. The bodies either bore a label tagging the victims in drug-related activities (usually a cardboard bearing the words "drug pusher" "drug user" or "drug addict") or illegal drugs were reportedly recovered from the body. The victims' faces and bodies usually bore gunshot wounds, and in some cases, stab wounds as well. The victims' arms or legs, or both, were often found bound and their bodies wrapped in tape.

The proportion of each category relative to the total death toll is illustrated in the pie chart.

The heat map illustrates the magnitude of drug-related deaths per province/city: the redder the color of a province/city in the map, the higher the number of drug-related deaths reported in that area.

The table meanwhile, shows the names and aliases of those who were killed, as well as the dates and areas where the killings took place. Each column in the table is sortable.

The data on the map, charts, and table are interconnected. For example, clicking on a province/city on the map will show the corresponding details for that area in the charts and tables, such as the death toll in that province/city; the names of those killed and the dates when the incidents took place; and the type of incident. Clicking on the chart and tables will likewise reveal the corresponding information on the map.

The data may also be viewed per province/city by ticking on the list. It is possible to tick more than one province/city on the list.

Clicking on the white space anywhere on the chart will restore the map, charts, and tables to default view.

Sources: News sites of ABS-CBN, GMA 7, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990 AM, DZRH News, Sunstar Bacolod, Sunstar Baguio, Sunstar Cagayan de Oro, Sunstar Davao, Sunstar Cebu, Sunstar Pampanga, Sunstar Zamboanga, Cebu Daily News, The Manila Times, The Standard, Tempo, Bombo Radyo Philippines, The Freeman, MindaNews, Mindanao Times, Mindanao Goldstar Daily, The Bohol Chronicle, Bicol Today, and press releases from PNP Regional Office websites.

Top photo: Basilio H. Sepe