DAVAO, PHILIPPINES // In the controversial war on drugs waged by president Rodrigo Duterte, Ronaldo Rivera is an unlikely ally. Now 50, he says he smoked his first joint when he was just 12, before moving onto shabu, a cheap form of crystal meth. He got even more addicted during his 20s and 30s, until one day, he was finally caught smoking it in the street. "I was completely hooked by then," he remembers.
MANILA // No one, not even his own family, ever thought that Noel Salamat was an angel. When he failed to return one night to his home in the Malabon slum district, his wife’s first hunch was that he was out womanising, or perhaps on a drug binge smoking shabu, the Filipino answer to crystal meth. Two weeks later, a relative found his bullet-ridden body at a local undertaker. A brief police report given to the family said that his corpse had been found in roadside shrubbery, his assailants unknown.
DAVAO, PHILIPPINES // From trekking and surfing through to orchid gardens and tribal art museums, the city of Davao in the southern Philippines boasts no shortage of tourist attractions. Yet as well as the delights of traditional Polynesian culture, it now offers a heritage trail of an altogether grittier kind. As the former power base of the country’s new strongman leader, Rodrigo "Dirty" Duterte, the city is cashing in on its past as the test-ground for his hardline law and order policies.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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