Photojournalism - NOMINEE: dante diosina jr
Philippines under war on drugs
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The war on drugs issue in Philippines is so different, it is the strong campaign when the newly elect President Rodrigo Duterte won the election in Philippines.
As early of 8 months when President Rodrigo Duterte won they are total of 8,000+ dead people who killed under the war on drugs. Since then, I witness the killings almost every night in different ways, they are some who killed but their face is cover by packaging tape, and their hands are tied and they are just dump in the streets and theirs a cardboard saying that, "Pusher, wag tularan" I'm I drug pusher, don’t be like me. The other is killed by police operation, and every time they ask why they need to kill their targets they just said "they fought back".
It’s really hard to understand how they run the system why it is so many killed, lots of stories and it’s so different until you know the story of the family. Lot of families urged they kill their love ones like an animal, and they have no gun at all so it is hard to accept because the police always say they fought back that’s why they killed it.
The effect of the war on drugs is disturbing; the society is become natural to them to saw a dead human lying on the street. Almost every day there is a family who lost their love ones even they already surrender there is a chance that they might also kill, even you are trying to change you can possibly the target, nobody knows and the real victim here is the orphaned, they always remember what they saw.
For me whatever kind person it is, it has freedom to live. No one can judge to kill, but to help them to reach there hope. A person who is suffering to drug addiction is a mental problem that needs assistance to rehabilitate. Everyone has their environment natures in comes to life, and this people are might become addicted to drugs because of their own problem that can affect their system.
Since then I start documenting the war on drugs in my motherland, and I believe by the use my photographs which can tell the reality that Filipinos need to face, I will not stop documenting this issues until they will realize that they need to stop the killings instead help them for their problem to change.
I'm Dante Dennis V. Diosina Jr, a freelance photographer based in the Philippines.
I've been working at a local newspaper and several news agencies. I also have ongoing documentary projects focusing on armed conflict, health issues, indigenous peoples, human rights issues, and natural disasters.