Project description

This story by justice reporter Lian Buan mined data from courts and prosecutors to see the drastic rise of drug cases being filed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office. It explores the challenges faced by the Philippine judicial system to keep up with the administration’s relentless and bloody campaign against drugs.

What makes this project innovative?

The project exposes the handicap of courts and prosecutors in performing their task in the campaign against drugs. The project revealed that not only are there not enough judges to handle the steady rise in drug cases, prosecution success rate also remains low.

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

The story serves as a challenge to the Duterte administration to keep the judicial system closely attached to its campaign against drugs, to ensure that the aspect of justice and due process is always observed and upheld.

Source and methodology

The data was sourced from the Supreme Court (SC) and the Department of Justice. The SC had just released its Judiciary Annual Report (JAR) for 2017 which showed that over time, the lower courts had accumulated 289,295 drug-related cases. The reporter mined data from the National Prosecution Service (NPS) to contextualize and spot trends in SC's numbers.

Technologies Used

The data was sourced from the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice and visualized into charts using Datawrapper.

Project members

Lian Buan



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