At least 7,000 suspected drug users and pushers have been killed in the Philippines since July. Some include people who voluntarily surrendered to the authorities. The fear is reverberating throughout the country’s rehabs.
When President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June, he promised mercy for drug addicts who turned themselves in. But there are very few drug rehab programs in the Philippines, and now some of the users who surrendered are being killed by masked gunmen.
The Philippines' new president came to power on a promise to rid the country of criminals and drug addicts. He has said to "kill them all." And, since he took office at the end of June, more than 600 people have turned up dead.
An estimated 250,000 Filipinos fought for the United States during World War II. There are very few of these veterans left — just a few thousand — but a new immigration program might give them a chance to be with their children at the ends of their lives.
The same kind of rhetoric that fueled Trump's rise and Brexit has powered Rodrigo Duterte's ascent to the presidency in the Philippines. The 71-year-old political outsider is recruiting armed civilians to join a “bloody war” on drug dealers.
With Congress poised to tackle comprehensive immigration reform, some are worried about what will be left out. In particular, there's concern that a policy overhaul might eliminate some categories of family visas.
Halloween is the candy-coated version of a longtime tradition of celebrating the inevitability of death. Photographer and author Paul Koudounaris has traveled the world to document ossuaries and charnel houses — rooms filled with, and often decorated with, human skulls and bones. Who knew death could be so beautiful?
80-year-old Imelda Marcos has won a congressional seat in the Philippine elections. She and several members of her family are running for various political positions. Meanwhile, well-known boxer Manny Pacquiao has also gained a seat in the congress.
The Filipino Catholic Church has long been influential in the country's politics, as well as its morality. But that influence is waning, and perhaps nowhere is that more visible in the end of a decade-long battle to enact legislation providing for free contraceptives to the country's residents.