The Philippines President has pledged to slaughter every drug dealer and addict in the country, making way for death squads and encouraging vigilante killings. Dateline investigates what his tough justice really looks like and talks to assassins who say they work for the police, as well as the families of their victims.
The victim was a 5-year-old girl. The target was a 53-year-old man, who three days earlier had visited a police station to tell them he was no longer using drugs.
In late-August gunmen killed the young girl, Danica Garcia, while her mother Daisy was washing her.
“When I came back, she was gone, she was dead,” she says. “I begged for help. My child was gone.”
Her family suspects the gunmen were targeting her grandfather Maximo, the older man, who is now in hiding, afraid the gunmen will return.
Her tragic death is one of thousands that have rocked the Philippines during a brutal war against drugs, implemented by new President Rodrigo Duterte, and an example of the innocent people who’ve been caught in the crosshairs of a violent crackdown.