This All Souls’ Day, police officers in Cebu, Philippines invited me to witness a cemetery patrol led by the Dumanjug Chief of Police Gilfred Baroman. I know them because I spend a lot of time in Cebu pursuing underwater photography as a side hobby and I get involved in various community projects.
All Souls Day is when crowds of Filipinos go to the cemetery, so that’s why there is police presence there. They paraded a coffin with a sign “reserved for drug users & pushers” around the cemetery. This is in line with President Duterte’s war on drugs, officially named Oplan Double Barrel and Oplan Tokhang.
My Cebu books:
Dumanjug, Cebu police officers with Mermaids and Gems, my first photo book shot almost entirely in Cebu to promote eco-tourism there.
“DU30” stands for President Duterte