A Country Where ‘Some People Need Killing’ Was State Policy

SOME PEOPLE NEED KILLING: A Memoir of Murder in My Country, by Patricia Evangelista

Before reading “Some People Need Killing,” a powerful new book by the Philippine journalist Patricia Evangelista, I had assumed that the definition of “salvage” was straightforward. The word comes from salvare, Latin for “to save.” You salvage cargo from a wreckage; you salvage mementos from a fire.

But the word “salvage” has another meaning in Philippine English. This definition derives from salvaje, Spanish for “wild.” The

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