Asia Pacific As anti-drug push's toll grows in the Philippines, so does church's pushback

The crackdown on drugs is a hallmark of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration. But as the death tolls mounts, many Filipinos are speaking out – including the Catholic Church, one of the country's most powerful institutions.

Erik De Castro/ Reuters

In a dimly lit events room in a church compound in Manila's endless suburbs, a few dozen parishioners have gathered on a bleak Tuesday afternoon. The men and women sitting in rows of plastic chairs listen to a lecture in Tagalog; some come forward to share their experiences.