Police report said Berehulak was walking along Pasay Road near corner Evangelista St at around 9:00PM, when two suspects approached him at gun point and demanded to hand over his wallet, mobile phone, and camera. The journalist, according to the police report, said that the men appeared to be high on drugs and intoxicated.
The office of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines protested on Monday that a New York Times article and photographic essay on the country’s anti-drug campaign had been “totally one-sided.”
Martin Andanar, the president’s communications secretary, complained in a statement that the piece, titled “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals” and published on Wednesday, “depicts the Philippines as the Wild, Wild West in this part of the world.” He added, “This is farthest from the truth.”
Daniel Berehulak, the photographer and author of the article, spent five weeks documenting the president’s anti-drug campaign. He photographed 57 slain victims at 41 locations in metropolitan Manila.
His article reported that since the beginning of July, about 2,000 people had been killed by the police and that there had been more than 3,500 unsolved killings in the country. These figures match the numbers given to the news media by a Philippine police spokesman, Dionardo Carlos.
Mr. Andanar said that about a third of the unsolved killings had been identified as drug-related.
“The rest are murder and homicide cases perpetrated by riding-in-tandem gunmen which the Philippine National Police (P.N.P.) is now investigating, the results of which will be made public in due time,” he said in the statement.
The report said the two men fled immediately after they got what they asked from the journalist.