Unconventional rehabilitation and prevention programs are launched in the Philippines to help President Duterte's controversial war on drugs. Julie Noce reports.
A new government rehab program outside Manila is helping former drug users get clean... by teaching them how to make coffins. The participants are taught carpentry skills for free and then are paid to build and paint wooden coffins. The symbolism of having drug addicts make coffins is not lost. Its possible that I might die if I don't change, said one participant. I don't want to end up inside one of the coffins I made. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has seen a surge of rehabilitation and prevention programs since he took office three months ago. A new skatepark in Manila is helping keep young people off the streets... And here a group of recovering drug users are taught laughter yoga which helps participants relax their muscles and express their emotions more freely. It's hard, it's really hard here in the center, one person said. But it's effective in lessening my sadness and homesickness. Duterte's war on drugs has been criticised for the more than 3600 people killed in the name of wiping out crime.