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Manila prison full as thousands turn themselves in during Philippines president's war on drugs

Today at the notorious Quezon City in Metro Manila jail, they shut the doors to new inmates.

The facility was built in the 1950s to house 800 men; this week its population reached 4,024.

Philippines President Duterte’s war on drugs has driven them to breaking point.

He has called on drug users and sellers to turn themselves in or face being hunted down. Either you surrender or you are shot. His quick fix solution to a decades old problem.

Hundreds of thousands of drug users have turned themselves in. Credit: ITV News

On certain days last week, the prison's intake reached 70 a day.

Almost 700,000 drug users have turned themselves in since the start of his offensive two months ago, living in prison, better than no life at all.

In Quezon City, cells designed for 20 men are home to 200. Makeshift platforms, the stone floor, staircases, every inch of space now someone's bed.

Less than £1 a day is spent on three meals per prisoner. Credit: ITV News

Disease is rife and food is scarce. Less than £1 a day is spent on three meals a day for each prisoner.

The vast majority are in for drug-related crimes including 22-year-old Rolly who was brought in last week.

He was caught in possession of crystal meth, he tells me he feels safe living in prison with his new 'family' in Dorm 6.

Rolly, 22, tells Debi Edward that he feels safe with his prison 'family'. Credit: ITV News

Rolly will be taken to court in September but it could be months, even years before he is released.

Erwin Escalante, 37, was arrested 15 years ago and is still awaiting trial. He’s missed seeing his children grow up.

"They come seem me and I put on a smile but I come back here, to my bed and I cry, it’s hard, it’s very hard," he said.

Erwin Escalante has been in prison for 15 years without trial. Credit: ITV News

He described how cramped conditions have become.

"It’s not humanitarian," he said. "We have 160 inmates here at Dorm 6 only, at 55 squared metres, I read a book about our rights and for inmates we should be given 4 squared metre each.

"At night we have men lying, sleeping on the floor."