Filipino photographer puts Duterte death squads into focus

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Vice News portrays the Philippines war on drugs through the eyes of a photographer.

Dondi Tawatao went from feature photographer in Manila to chasing crime scenes across the city.

The so-called war on drugs in the Philippines has resulted in the deaths of more than 7000 people so far – deaths Tawatao has been capturing through his camera.

Since President Rodrigo Duerte took office last June, there has been a rise in targeted attacks on drug users and suspected dealers.

Backed by a culture of impunity, a wave of vigilantism has resulted in bodies being left in the street and in homes with warning signs.

Tawatao also documents stories of survivors devastated by the killings, some of whom deny their killed relative had any drug ties.

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