Several months ago, Jonathan Head of the BBC visited Manila to do an in-depth film documentary of the Duterte’s war on drugs campaign.
Jonathan met with self-confessed assassins involved in killing drug pushers, joined police doing raids in Manila prisons for illegal drugs, interviewed local leaders whose communities are the hotbeds of illegal drugs and drug pushers, accompanied local police doing ‘Oplan Tokhang’ and lastly, watched the illegal drug users and pushers danced their way to flush out illegal drugs from their system.
Jonathan Head opened the documentary along this line while flashing a video clip of Duterte telling drug lords and pushers, “Either you kill me or I’ll kill you,m idiot!”
The Philippines is being shaken by a one-man revolution. He is a tough-talking former mayor who vowed to wipe out drug dealers.
The biggest revelation in the BBC documentary is the admission of a self-confessed female assassin who said a policeman involved in illegal drugs paid her to neutralized drug pushers who have issues with the policeman.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Head said that “in many ways what is happening today in the Philippines actually starts here (pointing to the EDSA Shrine monument) at the monument of the first ever People Power revolution 30 years ago when the popular uprising overthrew a dictator Ferdinand Marcos and ushered in boisterous and free-wheeling democracy. The Filipinos have kept with that democracy. Filipinos brought here huge numbers and vote every six years for a new president and yet every one of those governments have failed to come even close to meeting those hopes that were raised here (pointing again to the Edsa monument), that the old habits of corruption, abuses of power, lawlessness and grinding poverty will be curbed and so the voters have now gone drastically different.”
Jonathan also talked to an big-time illegal drug pusher who refused to surrender out of fear the policemen will have him killed just like his friends because his dealings in the illegal activity has been with corrupt police officers.
The BBC film documentary has been hailed by Krizette Laureta Chu, a popular Duterte blogger, as a “fair depiction of Duterte’s drug war.”
Perhaps credit should go to Ms. Chu because she sat down with BBC’s Jonathan Head over dinner and explained the real situation on the ground of Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“When we had dinner, I was more machika because I was relaxed, and I would like to think–that even if I wasn’t part of that documentary because of my paralyzing fear of cameras,–that I was able to accurately portray and explain to Jonathan the real situation on the ground (in which I told him about my brother (in law) who I grew up with who was a victim of “EJK”–in Pnoy’s time and our failed efforts to get the police to help because “malaking tao” daw ang binabangga namin–oo, may pinaghuhugutan ako, hindi lang puro feelings and one day I will talk about it, I haven’t yet on my own wall).”
Jonathan ended the film documentary by leaving his viewers something to reflect on about Duterte and his war on drugs campaign.
“Millions of Filipinos though still hold faith with their new president but unlike his predecessors, he can shake this country out of its bad habits. Many like Zenaida, believes the country needs another strongman but transforming this disorderly island nation with a hundred million people may yet prove too much even for a man who is ruthless and determined as Rodrigo Duterte.”
Ms. Chu also thinks that way.
“This, I’d like to think, may be one of the many reasons why this documentary is fairer and more accurate than the others that have come out.”
You may watch BBC’s film documentary of Duterte’s war on drugs by clicking the link of the YouTube video HERE.
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