Over 10,000 people have been killed in the Philippines in the past eighteen months under the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs. The victims of these killings are among the poorest of the Filipino population. The Catholic Church in the Philippines is responding to this crisis in a number of ways: burying the dead, providing economic and psychosocial assistance to victims’ families and setting up community drug rehabilitation programs. The church has also been active in denouncing human rights violations and extending sanctuary to witnesses.
Click here to review an article published in the America Magazine on the Church’s response to this crisis.