War on Drugs: Mapping, Charting the Killings
CHEERS TO ABS-CBNNews.com for providing a map and charts on the death toll in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
On July 13, the news website of ABS-CBN 2 presented “MAP, CHARTS: The Death Toll of the War on Drugs,” which provided illustrated information on drug-related deaths per province and city. Aside from the names of those killed, the web page also published the number of incidents per province, the categories of incidents (police operations, unidentified and “salvage” victims), as well as a monitor of the number of killings per week since May 10. It also tallied the number of incidents per region.
Aside from Philippine National Police Regional Office press releases, the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group aggregated data from other media organizations such as GMA-7, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, the Manila Bulletin, DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990, DZRH News and The Manila Times among others.
This initiative is helpful for the public to get a better sense of the war on drugs, especially since the reporting of which in the mainstream has been incremental, often devoid of context and based mainly on police blotter. The map and the charts provide a larger picture that needs to be taken into account.