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DU30’s relentless drug war

By: Atty. Ruphil Bañoc July 26,2018 - 08:13 PM


As expected there are different reactions to President Rodrigo Duterte’s reasons to continue the war on drugs, especially when he said in his SONA that it is because of his concern for human lives.

There are those who agree and disagree, depending on which side of the fence they are in. Let us try to evaluate their supporting reasons.

Those who disagree pointed out that the president failed to consider the human lives of those killed in the drug war. In short, they want the president to stop the war on drugs if he is concerned with human lives.

Such reasons need to be respected. They also have points in expressing their opinions as it is a fact that there are drug-lords, drug protectors, pushers and users who become casualties in the war on drugs.

For those who agree with the president, they are sold out to his ideas when he said, “the lives of our youths are being wasted and families are destroyed, and all because of the chemicals called shabu, cocaine, cannabis and heroine.”

Duterte emphasized, “Where before, the war resulted in the seizure of illegal drugs worth millions of pesos, today, they run into billions in peso value. I can only shudder at the harm that those drugs could have caused had they reached the streets of every province, city, municipality, barangay and community throughout the country.”

So those who agree with the war on drugs also claim that they are concerned with human lives as drugs indeed destroyed and killed our people especially the youth. It is a fact that many were killed by drug addicts.

So the simple questions are: Who should be stopped, the drug lords, protectors, pushers who kill the innocent people, especially the youth as a consequence of their illegal business? Or the police who kill those involved in the illegal drug trade who violently resist arrest?

Whose lives do they want to protect? Are the lives of the innocent or the lives of those responsible in the illegal drug trade? Why are those who keep on protesting the war on drugs not protesting the drug-lordism, drug dealing and drug pushing?

Looking at the latest Pulse Asia survey, the increasing trust and approval rating of the president, from 80 percent in the first quarter to 88 percent in the second quarter, only manifests that majority agree to his ways of solving the country’s drug problem.

If those who disagree including Senator Riza Hontiveros have a better way of solving such problem, why did they not tell their favorite former president Benegno Aquino to implement it? Is it not frustrating that during his time drugs were sold just like candies on the streets?

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