Cost per hit of Death Squads in the Philippines

in Transnational Crime

In a report by Human Rights Watch, a death squad organized on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines were reportedly being paid $110 per killing of drug dealers, thieves and even children.

The death squad was reportedly organized by the may of Tagum City, who paid the hit men a monthly salary of $220 and issued .45 caliber handguns and motorcycles. The main task of the squad was to kill “weeds,” or criminals who were viewed as problems for the city. In addition to the criminals, the hitmen would also conduct for profit killings, such as assassinating¬† a judge or other local politicians.

(See more cost to hire a hitman here.)

Source:¬† Phelim Kine, “$110 Per Hit,” Foreign Policy, May 22, 2014.

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