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This play recounts the tales of ‘tokhang’ families left behind

This play recounts the tales of ‘tokhang’ families left behind


The country’s most controversial drug war raises a lot of questions about injustice but the events that transpire during a ‘tokhang’ still remains a mystery to most of us. Sa Digma ng Halimaw is a documentary play organized by Tanghalang Mulong Sandoval that aims to shed light on the extrajudicial killings happening in a lot of communities today. It also acts as a social critique to the bloodshed of thousands of Filipinos who weren’t given a fair trial. The killings are guised as ‘police operations.’  

The play follows a series of monologues that are based from actual narratives of the families of drug war victims. A number of eight transcripts were restructured to create the script of the play. It tells the stories of the following: “four mothers of slain sons, a daughter whose parents were both killed on the same day, two survivors, and a social worker.”

Pictured above is Nanette Castillo, the mother of Aldrin Castillo—a victim who was shot to death by masked men on motorcycles last 2017. Photo courtesy of Sa Digma ng Halimaw, isang dokyu.

Tanghalang Mulong Sandoval is also involving the sources themselves in the process of the production and in the actual show. For the group, it is important that the audience sees the faces behind the monologues, at least some of them,” said the production’s organizers.

Sa Digma ng Halimaw has already begun its run last Nov. 23. It is scheduled to run across several urban poor communities in and out of the metro this December. Director Edwin Quinsayas expresses that the setting’s main objective is to inspire those situated in the communities to speak up. Only then can it trigger a mass movement against this barbaric crusade.

Sa Digma ng Halimaw will also run in different universities in 2019. The next show will take place in a community in Montalban, Rizal from Dec. 11 to 12. Shows in the communities are free of charge.


For more information, visit Sa Digma ng Halimaw’s Facebook page here.

Header image courtesy of Sa Digma ng Halimaw, isang dokyu teatro.

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Writer: JILL CHUA © 2020. Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.


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