Ang Pangako

Bayanihan para sa Kapwang Nangangailangan

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How do you define Services?

Services are defined as those actions or efforts which either pacifically combat or minimize the drug addiction problem of the Philippines, or mitigate losses caused by the bloody campaign against illegal drugs. The services are categorized into the following:

  • Awareness Raising & Education – These are efforts to produce outputs, conduct campaigns, or any other means which aim to let more people be more informed or conscious about their human rights. These also include efforts which raise awareness about the current societal issues such as the extrajudicial killings in the country.

  • Documentation, Monitoring & Database – These are efforts to record killings under the campaign against illegal drugs. As a result, they have a database of killings of their own. Documentation may be for storification, for litigation or for relief and reparation. Storification is the effort of humanizing a casualty, while litigation is the effort to record cases to present before the court.

  • Drug Awareness, Rehabilitation & Counseling – These are efforts to rehabilitate drug surrenderers. These include medical, faith-based and community-based drug rehabilitation efforts. Efforts to raise awareness and educate on the ill effects of illegal drugs are also included. 

  • Financial & Burial support – These are financial aid given to drug surrenderers and families of victims of the bloody drug campaign which are in the form of donating money, providing jobs, giving skills training and education, and other livelihood opportunities

  • Forensic Services – These are efforts to investigate and examine the killings under the campaign against drugs. These include organizations which are capable of conducting autopsies to help further investigate cases of killings under the "war on drugs".

  • Legal Support – These are efforts to provide legal services for families of victims or surviving victims in the campaign against illegal drugs.

  • Partnerships & Organizing - These are efforts to mobilize and organize surviving victims from the campaign against drugs. These also include coalitions and alliances which were formed out of the need to combat the human rights violations such as the extrajudicial killings brought about by the campaign against illegal drugs.

  • Protection of Human Rights Defenders – These are efforts to help protect human rights defenders. These may include the provision of physical and digital security training.

  • Psychosocial & Medical Support – These are psychosocial interventions, such as counseling, which are aimed towards the victims' families, neighbors or friends who were traumatized by the campaign against illegal drugs.

2) How do you define Victims?

Victims are defined as those who have died as a result of the war on drugs. As such, this definition includes drug users or pushers who have died in the hands of vigilantes such as riding in tandem or bonnet gang; drug users or pushers who have died in the conduct of police or anti-drug authorities; those who were killed and a note stating that the victims were drug personalities; cases of mistaken identity whereas victims were mistaken to be drug personalities; cases of collateral damage; and, drug enforcement operatives who were also killed under the drug war. Ang Pangako does not include cases of accidental or suicidal deaths of drug suspects. At present, Ang Pangako does not map cases of killings which are not drug-related.

3) Where do you get information?

Ang Pangako primarily uses secondary data, such as news. Ang Pangako collates information about the killings and services available online. This information is then triangulated online for verification, if available. All information posted came from online public sources which are accessible and verifiable by users.

4) Who made this website?

Ang Pangako is a project of the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) with the support from Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

5) What date did you consider as the starting date in plotting victims?

Ang Pangako only plots victims starting June 30, 2016 – the date when Duterte took his oath as the 16th President of the Philippines.

6) Are the dots and pins plotted in exact locations?

The locations of plotted points are not exact. The level of accuracy ranges from the barangay level to city level reflective of available information online. For the victims, and services of organizations, their privacy was considered, as such the exact location of killing or addresses was not plotted. Inversely, for drug rehabilitation centers, Ang Pangako tries to plot them as accurately as reflective of available information.

7) Is Ang Pangako a complete database?

No. Ang Pangako does not claim that it is a full list of services, drug rehabilitation centers, and victims. The website is still a work-in-progress and will continue to be updated, with the exception of the victims map which will no longer be continued. As promised, the list of services will continue to grow. 

8) Can users contribute information?

If the user wishes to add information, such as services or rehabilitation centers, please answer this form found on the home page.

9) Can users report cases?

Ang Pangako is not a reporting platform for cases. If the user would want to report a case, please report them directly to the Commission on Human Rights. We will map cases as verified by partner organizations.