Spotlight on anti-drug war outside Manila

Grief-stricken family and friends mourning the deaths of brothers Jate and Duane Bonga, who were killed along with 12 other men on Oct 4 in Cebu.
Grief-stricken family and friends mourning the deaths of brothers Jate and Duane Bonga, who were killed along with 12 other men on Oct 4 in Cebu.PHOTO: RAFFY LERMA FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
The father of victim Sherwin Rabasol demanding justice at his son's funeral. Mr Sherwin Rabasol was killed during the "one-time, big-time" anti-drug police operation in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City, in Cebu province on Oct 4.
The father of victim Sherwin Rabasol demanding justice at his son's funeral. Mr Sherwin Rabasol was killed during the "one-time, big-time" anti-drug police operation in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City, in Cebu province on Oct 4.PHOTO: RAFFY LERMA FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Many blame police for rise in deaths of people mistaken for others in Cebu and other cities

Mr Duane Bonga was asleep when the police came at 3am. They barged into the house, told the 42-year-old and his younger brother Jate to stay on the floor, and handcuffed them. They were looking for someone, and asked the pair for their names.

Duane and Jate shouted out their full names. Their father tried to intervene, but was told to drop to the floor. He was also handcuffed, his head turned to the wall, away from his sons. Jate said his name out loud again, then shots rang out.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 22, 2018, with the headline 'Spotlight on anti-drug war outside Manila'. Print Edition | Subscribe