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ABS-CBN drug war report wins prestigious journalism prize

MANILA – ABS-CBN News' special digital report on the war on drugs in the Philippines won the award for Excellence in Feature Writing at the Society of Publishers in Asia's (SOPA) 2018 Awards for Editorial Excellence. 

Written and shot by Fernando Sepe Jr., the report "Healing the wounds from the drug war," follows the stories of several relatives of victims of the government's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.

Sepe is news.abs-cbn.com's deputy editor for multimedia.

Sepe followed the trail from the crime scenes to the burials and reported on how the families are left in a conundrum, not knowing how they are going to move on after the death of their loved ones who were usually the breadwinners.

The story was produced by ABS-CBN News Digital's multimedia team and developed for the web by Regie Francisco.

Founded in 1982 to champion freedom of the press, SOPA is a not-for-profit organization based in Hong Kong, representing international, regional and local media companies across Asia. 

It promotes excellence in journalism and endorses best practices for all local and regional publishing platforms in the Asia Pacific region, according to the organization.

The annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence serve as the world-class benchmark for quality journalism in the region, organizers said.

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