THE KILLING FIELDS
Duterte's back-street butchers: Bodies pile up as crackdown claims 5,900 lives in five months and president declares 'You want me to stop? Then stop taking drugs'
- WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
- President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has sent the death toll to 5,927 in the five months he's been in office
- Radical leader insists he is not a killer despite the country's streets being littered with bodies in crackdown
- He has insisted the operation will continue having previously urged citizens to 'go ahead' and kill drug dealers
- Less than half of deaths - 2,086 - are linked to police operations with the rest believed to be vigilante killings
A Country, A Race, A Nation
Hosts to heroes long since departed,
Mark the revolutions.
The governments, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On the pearl of the Orient Seas,
Any broad alarm of the hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of crimes against its people.
But today, the Country cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow.
I will give you no retiring place down here.
You, created only a little lower than
The guardians, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness,
Have lain too long, Face down in feudal ignorance.
Your minds spelling rancor
Armed for slaughter.
The country cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide behind false constitution.
Across the hall of nations,
A poor people cries for justice,