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Remember that very moving, incredibly powerful New York Times photo essay about the Duterte anti-drug campaign published last December? Sure you do! Mocha and her ilk cried foul over that, while the less, erm, passionate cried because of it.

Four months later and photographer Daniel Berehulak wins a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news photography category. It is one of the three Pulitzers that The New York Times won this year.

The New York Times published the photo essay entitled, “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals,” where Berehulak documented 57 cases of homicide victims during his 35-day visit in Metro Manila. The report not only included incredibly heartbreaking images and a moving prose but also maps of where these vigilante killings took place.

In his report, which can be read in English, Spanish, and Filipino, Berehulak said that 2,000 people had been slain at the hands of the police since the Duterte administration.

He also said that he has worked in over 60 countries but his experience in the Philippines is a “new level of ruthlessness.”

“What I experienced in the Philippines felt like a new level of ruthlessness: police officers’ summarily shooting anyone suspected of dealing or even using drugs, vigilantes’ taking seriously Mr. Duterte’s call to “slaughter them all. He said in October, ‘You can expect 20,000 or 30,000 more,'” he said.

According to Manila Bulletin, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said that they respect the Pulitzer Prize win for the New York Times’ photo essay on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“The Pulitzer Prize Board has its own criteria and selection process and we respect their decision on this matter,” Abella said.

Featured image: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times


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