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WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: Meet the female assassin hired to take out drug dealers at £330 per hit by her own government
'Maria's' life may sound like something from a glamorous Hollywood blockbuster - but in reality it's anything but

PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT HIRED FEMALE ASSASSIN TO KILL DRUG DEALERS
Maria fears she will never be able to escape her cycle of violence (file picture)

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She's the female assassin hired to execute drug dealers on behalf of her government.

Her life may sound like something from a glamorous Hollywood blockbuster but in reality it's anything but.

'Maria' moves from safe house to safe house constantly fearing for her life and worried she won't be allowed to quit a brutal commission which sees her paid £330 per hit.

PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT HIRED FEMALE ASSASSIN TO KILL DRUG DEALERS
President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to kill all drug dealers

She is just one of those caught up in the Phillipines' brutal drug war, where controversial President Rodrigo Duterte has come chillingly good on his warning to drug dealers: "Do not destroy my country, because I will kill you."

President Duterte was elected on a promise to get tough on the country's crystal met crisis which has seen it gripped by crime and addiction.

Bodies pile up as Filipino police show new boss they're tough on drugs

According to police, around 2,000 people have been killed since he took office two months ago.

PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT HIRED FEMALE ASSASSIN TO KILL DRUG DEALERS
A Philippines female assassin who kills drug dealers speaks out

Maria - not her real name - is now carrying out contract killings as part of a state-sanctioned war on drugs taking the lives of often low-level criminals.

She was first enlisted through her police officer husband and has now killed five people.

She told the BBC: "One time, they needed a woman... my husband tapped me to do the job. When I saw the man I was supposed to kill, I got near him and I shot him."
BBC Philippines female assassin who kills drug dealers



PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT HIRED FEMALE ASSASSIN TO KILL DRUG DEALERS
A woman cries beside her dead husband after he was shot dead in a state-sanctioned hit

PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT HIRED FEMALE ASSASSIN TO KILL DRUG DEALERS
An alleged drug dealer and victim of a summary execution lies dead on a main throughfare

Maria, from an poverty-stricken neighbourhood in Manila, says she was hired as officials believe she can get closer to her victims without arousing the suspicion a man would.

She now wants to do one last job but fears she has no way out and could be targeted by the families of those she's gunned down.

Racked with guilt, she tries to unburden herself by going to confession but cannot even bring herself to tell the priest what she has done - and just asks for forgiveness instead.

PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT HIRED FEMALE ASSASSIN TO KILL DRUG DEALERS
The female assassin speaks out about her last job

She said: "I feel guilty and it is hard on my nerves. I don't want the families of those I have killed to come after me.

"I do not want them (her children) to come back at us and say that they got to live because we killed for money."

PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT HIRED FEMALE ASSASSIN TO KILL DRUG DEALERS
Police guard a crime scene where an alleged drug dealer and victim of a summary execution with his head wrapped in tape is examined

Duterte has granted cops immunity from prosecution - despite concerns he has in his bid also legitimised mass murder.

Top Filipino human rights lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno warned last month that Duterte had "spawned a nuclear explosion of violence that is spiralling out of control and creating a nation without judges".



13:54, 26 Aug 2016 By Richard Wheatstone mirror.co.uk

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