Vice, the culture magazine, now has a show on HBO that airs Friday nights at 11. Kicking off the series was the episode “Assassination Nation,” which delves into the world of Filipino politics and the guns involved.
In the Philippines, election season is more like hunting season. Rivals simply rub out their opponents instead of defeating them at the polls. In the 2010 election year alone, more than 100 people were killed due to political violence. VICE follows the cycle of violence in this gun-crazy island nation all the way from an underground factory where illicit weapons are made to the villages full of young men who can’t wait to get their hands on them.
In this clip correspondent Ryan Duffy gets a behind the scenes look at how Filipino backyard gunmaker creates a bootleg Smith & Wesson Bodyguard revolver.