The victim of a summary execution found on a roadside in the Navotas area of Manila on Nov. 30

There is no God in Caloocan City, not tonight.

The lights have gone out in the window of the Catholic church in this Manila slum, and the hot rain falling on its streets isn’t enough to wash the stench of human sewage from the air. It’s a quarter to 2 in the morning. A hand-painted public-service announcement hangs on the rusted tin wall of a corner shop: STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS! GET INTO SPORTS!

Family members grieve for Ronnie Arroyo in Quezon City on Dec. 6. Arroyo, 36, was a drug user killed in an abandoned house by

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