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Shabu began in the 1990s as the drug of choice among the affluent, but over the past decade it has filtered down into the masses and has become very popular among the lower classes. It has come to be known as “the poor man’s cocaine”.
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Shabu began in the 1990s as the drug of choice among the affluent, but over the past decade it has filtered down into the masses and has become very popular among the lower classes. It has come to be known as “the poor man’s cocaine”.
Sammer was killed by two gunshots in the lungs, at night time, in front of his house, while his children were inside.
He didn't try to defend himself, but he begged the police not to kill him.
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Sammer was killed by two gunshots in the lungs, at night time, in front of his house, while his children were inside.
He didn't try to defend himself, but he begged the police not to kill him.
The trade in shabu is highly profitable because it does not require large capital investments. 
Drug producers only invest P50.00 to produce a gram of shabu worth P2,000.00.
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The trade in shabu is highly profitable because it does not require large capital investments.
Drug producers only invest P50.00 to produce a gram of shabu worth P2,000.00.
Sammer's wake lasted 15 days, his family has had great difficulty finding the money to bury him.
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Sammer's wake lasted 15 days, his family has had great difficulty finding the money to bury him.
Chillote, Sammer's widow, prepare food to take to prison for Gigi.
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Chillote, Sammer's widow, prepare food to take to prison for Gigi.

The police didn't let Gigi attend to Sammer's funeral. Her case was classified in section 5/11. 
Section five is for drug dealers, and 11 for users.
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The police didn't let Gigi attend to Sammer's funeral. Her case was classified in section 5/11.
Section five is for drug dealers, and 11 for users.
Catleen cleans the room waiting for her mother to return from work.
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Catleen cleans the room waiting for her mother to return from work.
Chilotte and Sammer had their first child in 2007, Ron Carlo.
Sammer had had his name tattooed on his chest.
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Chilotte and Sammer had their first child in 2007, Ron Carlo.
Sammer had had his name tattooed on his chest.

For a while after the killing Chilotte has could count on the help of relatives and neighbors.
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For a while after the killing Chilotte has could count on the help of relatives and neighbors.
After three years of execution, the Pandacan district was declared "drugs free zone".
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After three years of execution, the Pandacan district was declared "drugs free zone".
Cathleen at the Feast of Saint Ignatius in Pandacan.
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Cathleen at the Feast of Saint Ignatius in Pandacan.

After a year she finally found a job, in the same year tightens a relationship with her neighbor, shabu addicted too, and became pregnant of her sixth child, Caleb.
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After a year she finally found a job, in the same year tightens a relationship with her neighbor, shabu addicted too, and became pregnant of her sixth child, Caleb.
Sammer's grave at Makati cemetery.
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Sammer's grave at Makati cemetery.
Requiem For a Dream
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Requiem For a Dream
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Duterte’s war on drugs has left thousands of children living as orphans or in single-parent families struggling to put food on the table.
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Duterte’s war on drugs has left thousands of children living as orphans or in single-parent families struggling to put food on the table.
Jiji takes care of his grandchildren while Chilotte works.
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Jiji takes care of his grandchildren while Chilotte works.
The Paco and Pandacan area registered the highest number of children involved in
illegal drug trade.
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The Paco and Pandacan area registered the highest number of children involved in
illegal drug trade.
Requiem For a Dream
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Requiem For a Dream
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Requiem For a Dream
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Charlotte is now the only one in the house to bring the salary, sustaining the mother-in-law and her six children.
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Charlotte is now the only one in the house to bring the salary, sustaining the mother-in-law and her six children.
Requiem For a Dream
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Gigi is 54 years old. Sammer was his only son, born of a relationship with a Jordanian student, who died of illness a few years ago. He never saw his son, nor did he ever give financial help.
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Gigi is 54 years old. Sammer was his only son, born of a relationship with a Jordanian student, who died of illness a few years ago. He never saw his son, nor did he ever give financial help.

Requiem For a Dream

Over the last few years, President Duterte has been ‘cleansing’ the country from drug dealers with his death squads.
Police estimate more than 5,000 suspected and addicts have been killed since Mr Duterte took office in 2016, but according to Human Rights Groups since the “war on drugs” began, 22.983 deaths are classified as “homicides under investigation.”

Sammer Torculas was among these.

Half Phillipino and half Jordanian, he was dragged into the Drug business by Gigi, his mother, who made her living by selling Shabu (methamphetamine).
Despite the warning of the police, Sammer continued to sell meth in his own neighborhood in Pandacan, and in December of 2016 he was shot by the Death Squads, although he was unarmed and begged for mercy.
Immediately following his death, Gigi was jailed for drug possession and transferred to the main prison in Manila, where she spent two years.

For nine years Sammer had a stable relationship with Chilotte Flaviano, who gave him five children, and during this time more than once she asked Sammer and his mother to quit the drug business, without success.
After Sammer’s death and the arrest of her mother-in-law, Chilotte remained the only one to look after the children, without any fixed income, struggling every day to survive.
In the same year she started a relationship with her neighbor, also a Shabu addict, and became pregnant of her sixth child, Caleb.
The relationship ended soon.
After two years, Gigi was released from prison due to her critical heath condition and returned to live in Pandacan, with the daughter in law and her six grandchildren.
Her health deteriorated during the two years in prison, but she takes care of the babies, the only legacy of her beloved only child, while Chilotte works to pay for food and bills.
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