The Philippines’ Anti-Drug Campaign: Building a Dataset of Publicly-Available Information on Killings Associated With the Anti-Drug Campaign

24 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2018

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Clarissa C. David

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Jenna Mae Atun

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Radxeanel Cossid

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Cheryll Ruth Soriano

De La Salle University

Date Written: June 24, 2018

Abstract

This study assembles the first national victim-level dataset of drug-related killings during the Philippine government’s antidrug campaign under President Rodrigo Duterte. The dataset covers information on 5,021 people killed from May 10, 2016 to September 29, 2017. Based on the data culled mostly from media reports, we identified who were being killed, where, how and why. Over half of the killings were due to police operations, and the rest were killed in so-called “vigilante-style” killings. Those who were killed were mostly low-level drug suspects. Forty percent of the killings were in Metro Manila mostly in Manila, Quezon City, and Caloocan. High death tolls were also observed in Bulacan and Cebu. Killings commonly occurred on the streets or alleys and in or around private homes. The study mainly relies on media sources which is a limitation that we hope to address by expanding the scope of the project.

Keywords: Drug War, Anti-Drug Campaign, Killings, Philippines, Dataset

Suggested Citation

David, Clarissa C. and Mendoza, Ronald U. and Atun, Jenna Mae and Cossid, Radxeanel Peviluar and Soriano, Cheryll Ruth, The Philippines’ Anti-Drug Campaign: Building a Dataset of Publicly-Available Information on Killings Associated With the Anti-Drug Campaign (June 24, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3201814 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3201814

Clarissa C. David

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Jenna Mae Atun

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Radxeanel Peviluar Cossid

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Cheryll Ruth Soriano

De La Salle University ( email )

2401 Taft Avenue
Manila, Metro Manila 1004
Philippines

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