FRONTLINE documentary “On The President’s Orders,” which chronicles Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs, is to be used as evidence by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as part of its ongoing investigation into the government-sanctioned killings.
The film’s Emmy-winning co-directors James Jones and Olivier Sarbil confirmed to Deadline that the ICC asked for the film to be submitted as evidence after the organization opened preliminary investigations last year.
President Duterte’s controversial campaign, which includes extrajudicial violence as a crime solution, has stoked international ire. The official death toll of the three-year campaign is put by the country’s government at around 5,000 but activists claim it could be as high as 27,000.
The documentary was produced by FRONTLINE, ARTE France, BBC Storyville, and Doc Society. Jones and Sarbil are also known for their collaboration on the FRONTLINE doc “Mosul.”
Read the story at Deadline.
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