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Drug war ‘docu’ smear campaign

Malacañang on Tuesday slammed a documentary film which has been dubbed as the “cinematic investigation” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-narcotics crackdown.

The documentary film “On The President’s Orders”—produced by award-winning directors James Jones and Olivier Sarbil—is an on-the-ground look at Duterte’s campaign against drug dealers and users, the producers said.

“The Palace is vexed by the continuous spread of disinformation against our country’s campaign against illegal drugs and criminality,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

He said the documentary film is an addition to the “unmitigated vilification” of the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Foreign audiences have been saturated with false and baseless narratives relative to the Philippine government’s anti-narcotics approach, specifically on the nature and number of deaths arising from police operations against it,” Panelo said.

The film will debut at Cinema Village in New York on Oct. 4 and Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles on Oct. 18.

It will also air nationwide in the US on PBS Broadcast in October. A special press preview is set for Sept. 24 in Los Angeles.

Jones, a British director and producer, and Sarbil, a French director and cinematographer, have been producing award-winning documentaries focusing on critical social issues all over the world.

Topics: Rodrigo Duterte , anti-narcotics campaign , “On The President’s Orders” , Salvador Panelo
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