Stories

Artists from all over the Philippines have retold and reinterpreted the stories of the victims of the “war on drugs” to illustrate to us the irrevocable truth: that the Philippine Drug War has needlessly destroyed lives and families of thousands of Filipinos, and that we must amplify our voices to stop the killings. 


Here are some of the artworks from all kinds of artistic disciplines — from music to visual arts — that have told the stories from the Philippines’ “war on drugs” in a way that news reports and newspaper headlines have not been able to convey. Contact the artist privately for permission to use their works.

Music

Pagbigkas

Pagbigkas is a call to action – it urges the Filipinos to look back and learn from our history, participate in the current call for accountability, and imagine a better Philippines in the future.

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Music

KOLATERAL

KOLATERAL is a 12-track album featuring various Filipino artists, where each track is backed by real data and narratives on the Philippine Drug War.

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Music

Yakap (Michael Siaron Story)

From Jennelyn Olaires’ point of view, the song told the story of the night Michael Siaron was murdered by unknown assailants due to alleged drug-related crimes.

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Comics

EJK Zombies

Through satire, this comic book series questions the iron-fist rule’s effectiveness and whether the vow “to serve and protect” still matters to the police force.

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Digital Art

Dugo (Blood)

Victims of drug-related killings are people first before they become notches on the death toll.

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Short Film

Hapag

Thousands of dining tables are stained with blood in the war on drugs.

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Short Film

Trilogy

Directed by filmmaker Cha Roque, “Langit Lupa” takes the perspective of a young boy who became a “collateral damage” in the current administration’s war on drugs. The film is part of “Trilogy,” a three-part series produced by INCITEGov and artists’ group DAKILA that features the real life experiences of “Ang Napagtripan,” “Ang Napagkamalan,” and “Ang Nadamay” (roughly translated as “The Falsely Accused,” “The Mistaken Identity,” and “The Collateral Damage”).

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Sculpture

Patay, Gutom

Mixed media
5.1” x 8.5” x 4.5”
May 2021

Representasyon ng patuloy na pagtangkilik ng karahasan laban sa mga walang kalaban-laban.

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