‘If I don’t change, I’ll be in one of these caskets’: Terrified Philippine drug dealers enter rehab program where they build coffins for the thousands killed in Duterte’s war on narcotics 


Terrified drug dealers in the Philippines are being forced into a rehab programme where they build coffins for the thousands killed in a crackdown on narcotics.

More than 700,000 drug users and pushers have registered with the authorities in a process termed ‘surrendering’.

In the city of Olongapo, north of Manila, addicts are being taught carpentry skills and build wooden coffins as part of their rehab programme.

A former drug addict in the Philippines who is now in rehab is taught to make coffins as part of the programme 

A former drug addict in the Philippines who is now in rehab is taught to make coffins as part of the programme 

Authorities hope that with the users seeing the coffins being made, it will encourage them to kick their habit and not become a victim of the war on drugs

Authorities hope that with the users seeing the coffins being made, it will encourage them to kick their habit and not become a victim of the war on drugs

More than 700,000 drug users and pushers have registered with the authorities in a process termed 'surrendering' and in the city of Olongapo, they are taught carpentry skills and make caskets

More than 700,000 drug users and pushers have registered with the authorities in a process termed ‘surrendering’ and in the city of Olongapo, they are taught carpentry…



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