Project description

A painstaking analysis of police anti-drug operations led to a startling finding: police were taking dead shooting victims to hospitals in order to obliterate crime scenes and cover up executions.

What makes this project innovative?

The project uses a variety of visuals from maps, charts, illustrations to video footage to accompany the details of the text story and provide evidence.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

The graphic and text story prompted a Senate committee in the Philippines to announce that there would be an investigation into the findings, which were based on eight months of official crime data and interviews with witnesses, family members, doctors and police.

Source and methodology

Graphics editors spent weeks working with the raw data of shooting deaths culled from police reports in Manila and Quezon City. After confirming the key finding – that a large proportion of drug war deaths were delivered “dead on arrival” at hospitals – the graphics team further broke down the data to walk the reader through the main events and conclusions.

Technologies Used

HTML, CSS, Javascript, QGIS, Illustrator, photo, and video were used to develop the project.

Project members

Graphic by Simon Scarr, Jin WuReporting by Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Neil Jerome Morales


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