In this series by PumaPodcast, we check on President Rodrigo Duterte's still ongoing war on drugs. We do our own knocking and inquiring; our own katok and hangyo. We talk to parents, spouses, researchers, community workers, artists, church leaders, and government officials, to ask, "Kumusta"? How are you? What happened? How has it all been, since those doors to Filipino homes opened--or burst open? Tokhang sa Tokhang, as we would say. Tao po, kumusta ang Tokhang?
Kumusta ang mga nanay? Kumusta ang mga barangay? President Duterte's War on Drugs was supposedly launched to save our families and rescue our communities. Four years later, we check in on the leaders of both.
Four years into the War on Drugs, the public has serious concerns over the conduct of policemen and the troubling number of deaths. Meanwhile, children are orphaned and caught in the crossfire. What has happened to the youth President Duterte and law enforcers say they want to rescue?
Kumustahin naman natin ang media—the journalists and the environment in which they must cover one of the Philippines' bloodiest chapters in decades.
Artists and musicians have always reflected history. They struggle to capture the spirit of the times. Their images and words chronicle not so much the events, but the things harder to define in the air. In this episode of Tokhang sa Tokhang, we listen to the music and the artists who, for the past four years, have been processing—and debating—thoughts about the War on Drugs.