MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A U.S.-based non-governmental organization has called the Philippines “a war zone in disguise” citing the killings of over 1,000 civilians in 2018 due to the alleged “lethality” of the Duterte administration’s ‘war on drugs’ campaign.
According to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), the number of civilians killed in the Philippines in 2018 alone is more than those killed in conflict-stricken countries like Iraq, Somalia or the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In a related development, the Philippines’ Department of Tourism on Thursday said 7.1 million tourists arrived in the Philippines in 2018, an all-time high record even if top destination Boracay was closed for 6 months.
A total of 7,127,168 foreign tourists visited the Philippines last year, a figure that is 7.65 percent higher than 2017’s 6.62 million arrivals, the DOT said in a statement.
The Philippine tourism was above the 6 percent average tourism growth in the Asia and the Pacific, the DOT said, citing data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer.
The moral of the story: tourists like to flock to war zones.