2019 Photo Contest, Spot News, 2nd Prize

The Death of Michael Nadayo


Ezra Acayan

31 August, 2018

The body of Michael Nadayao lies in the street after he was shot dead by unidentified men in front of mourners at a wake, in Quezon City, Philippines, on 31 August.

President Rodrigo Duterte began a concerted anti-drug offensive soon after taking office in June 2016, repeatedly ordering increased attacks against suspects. Amnesty International reports that this led to human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings by both civilians and police. A spokesman for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said the campaign had led to 5,050 deaths by December 2018, with Human Rights Watch citing over 12,000. In June, 38 UN member states called on President Duterte to end the killings and probe the causes of the drug war.

About the photographer

Ezra Acayan

Ezra Acayan (b. 1993) is a photojournalist based in the Philippines with a decade of experience covering politics, climate change, and social injustice. Since 2019, he has r...

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