Crossing school lines
But the country’s top three higher learning institutions—University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University—recently put their heads together and launched drugarchives.ph, a web site dedicated to keeping tabs on the Duterte administration’s ongoing war on drugs. The universities worked in tandem with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The Drug Archive is a database of documents and analyses that present the real picture of the controversial and polarizing campaign. It lists cases related to the drug campaign, updates the official tally of drug-related deaths and homicide cases under investigation, and puts together government-issued documents pertaining to the drug war. The web site succeeds on two levels. First, it is rightfully the young people who must spearhead efforts to keep track of the progress, if any, of the war against illegal drugs. They have higher stakes because their views on how things should and should not be have not yet been tainted and it is they who would live out the consequences of decisions made today. They are also the ones with the capacity and inclination to use tools of any kind to store and communicate information.