[Trending Now] Australian Man Claims PH Is No Longer Safe After Being A Victim Of Duterte's Drug War
Australian man from Adelaide narrated his ordeal after being caught up in the country's war on drugs. 35 - year - old Damien Berg d...
Australian man from Adelaide narrated his ordeal after being caught up in the country's war on drugs. 35-year-old Damien Berg described what happened during his arrest, subsequent imprisonment, trial and acquittal for a narcotics-related crime.
"In a split second, my life was gone. I was taken away from my pregnant girlfriend, I lost my job," Berg told reporters.
With an estimated 3,000 people killed amidst the drug war, Berg is now a skeptic after he witnessed police authorities confirm evidences presented against him (which was later proven to be false.)
Berg, who worked under an engineering company in the Philippines, was accused by police authorities of dealing 50 tablets of ecstacy to Canadian Jeremy Eaton during a buy bust operation in Makati City on the night of June 20.
In a state of shock, Berg was dragged in front of the media, brought to a cell he shared with 15 others for a month until he was transferred to Makati City Jail.
However, CCTV footage showed that Berg was working nearby Red Plant Hotel when police stormed into his room with guns drawn. This later "belied the claim of the prosecution" and destroyed the integrity of their testimonies acquitting him on the 15th of September.
Despite all that being over for the Australian man, he is still left to wonder as to why he was dragged in the country's drug war.
"I have thought about this every night, especially when I was incarcerated. I still don't know what happened... How are you meant to believe that all these people who are being killed in buy-busts are guilty of drug dealing when they completely fabricated this whole thing against me?"
Berg also shared how he has been receiving threats through text messages from unknown numbers since he have been acquitted. He has now moved back to Australia along with his partner for the birth of his son next month.