5 cops named and shamed, but early days of Duterte’s war on drugs draws mixed reviews

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What to make of what’s happening in the Philippines today. Reports of “drug lords”, drug dealers, kidnappers, carjackers, and the like being killed in police operations fill the news. It could be a shortfall in reporting resources deployed by Philippine corporate news organisations that makes facts surrounding these incidents spotty but there seems to be more speculation than actual information on these events flying around all over the Net.

It is, after all, easy to justify killing suspected criminals in crime-weary Philippines. Filipinos have tired of due process and what is perceived as, at best, kids-gloved treatment of crooks by the police and justice system. At worst, Filipinos, now watching bewildered as reports pour in of mass roundups — and killings — of alleged drug dealers and users pour in, begin to suspect that the previous administration under former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III of tolerating a vast drug trade or, worse, deliberately covering it all up. How, after all, could what seems to be a purge of all this villainy just suddenly erupt after years of relative quiet on this front?

Manila Times columnist in a 28th June article thinks all that quiet “defintely” points to the Aquino administration likely coddling and protecting drug lords out of “sheer incompetence, or outright complicity.”

Indeed, Tiglao writes…

Such scale of the illegal-drug and crime menace couldn’t have emerged overnight. I can only conclude that President Aquino allowed it to grow during his six years in office. He had hundreds of millions of pesos in confidential funds, and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (headed by his executive secretary, Paquito Ochoa), yet did little to fight the drug lords.

On the other hand, it was reported on BusinessWorld Online back in mid-2015 that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) oversaw the arrest of almost 14,000 individuals from 2010 through 2014. According to the report, over 1,000 were “high-value targets” and more than 2,000 “drug personalities” had been charged. As early as 2011, Ochoa, speaking before the Anti-Illegal Drugs Forum, reported that on-going initiatives to curb illegal drug use and its trade enjoy the backing of the president himself.

So, what is the real score?

Perhaps, indeed, the scale of the illegal drug trade in the Philippines is such that even if law enforcement is applied selectively — favouring, say, elements of the trade that have ties with the powers-that-be and targeting those that lie outside of this sphere of ties — there’d still be enough “arrests” and “charges” of both low and “high profile” personalities to report.

Best case scenario, Duterte is truthful in his assertion that he considers no “friends” in his drive against the illegal drug trade and, therefore, the arrests — and killings — we are seeing today do reflect the long-overdue targeting of elements that, now, have been deprived of the immunity they enjoyed under the previous administration.

Worst case, something that, in these early days, still warrants serious consideration, is that we may simply be seeing a bloody purge as connections with the powers-that-be change. Interestingly enough, some of the five police generals publicly named as being involved in illegal drugs by President Duterte in a speech he delivered during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force on the 5th of July, are said to be close associates of former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas who also ran for president under the Liberal Party this year.

One of the officers Duterte named, retired Philippine National Police (PNP) director Marcelo Garbo Jr is a staunch Roxas supporter who had only good things to say about the former DILG chief…

“He was the only DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) secretary who did not make money out of the PNP. He practically spent more hours with the PNP trying to address crime situation by leading the Lambat Sibat meeting at the PNP national headquarters,” Garbo said, referring to Roxas.

Back in April 2016, Garbo was reportedly seen meeting with “men identified with Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas”. According to the PhilStar report, one of the men in the party was former Region 6 Director Bernardo Diaz who was also among those Duterte named.

Given this political angle, it will be best that Duterte leave the fate of these named alleged drug personalities to the devices of due process. Indeed, Duterte had already opened himself to criticism for his use of a public occasion to name and shame these five police officers. Still somewhat rough at the edges it seems. Following Duterte’s impressive inaugural “metamorphosis” there may still need to be some fine-tuning of the approach he takes to making good on his promise to rid the country of the drug scourge. Hopefully, the fine-tuning does not, in any way, dull the sharp edge he applies to fulfilling that promise.

[Photo courtesy Wyoming DailyNews.]

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777Hyden007Toro9999.99999
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777Hyden007Toro9999.99999
Mar Roxas, Aquino and his cahoots were protecting the Drug Lords and Drug Traffickers. It may be one of the reasons, they committed Electoral Fraud in the 2016 election ! Bring back the Death Penalty. And, make it a crime punishable by death to traffic illegal drugs, in any way. NARCO POLITICS have already reached our country. It is like Mexico. Where the Police, are in cahoots, with the Drug Lords. Drug Lords offer Police: Death or a lot of money. Now, Mexico can only rely on its Army and its Marines, to enforce its Illegal Drug Laws. Another cause… Read more »
TheVoiceofReason
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While the rest of the world realizes the war on drugs was politically motivated and substances like marijuana are found to not only be less harmful then the current legal drugs but actually beneficial its sad to see the philippines take a step into the darkages and start killing people whos biggest crime is wanting to get high. Shaboo is a terrible drug yes. But is drug enforcement really a police matter? Drug use should be allowed if an adult wishes to do so. Its not your or my responsibility to tell people what they can or can not do… Read more »
zaxx
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This is the state of due process for drug cases in the country… http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/674860/pdea-filed-more-drug-cases-in-2014-but-struggled-with-case-resolution-says-cacdac/amp From 2002 to 2014, 106,092 drug cases were filed, but only 5,265 or 5 percent resulted in conviction. Around 19,585 or 18.46 percent were settled. A total of 9,051 or 8 percent led to acquittal and 5,269 or 5 percent to dismissal. The remaining unresolved cases are still pending before the court or provisionally dismissed and archived in the meantime, according to Cacdac. With thousands upon thousands of still pending cases, Duterte knows “due process” in this country is just a sham. He is doing plan-B… Read more »
d_forsaken
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Whether you sniff it smoke it eat it or shove it up your ass the result is the same: addiction.

444Hyden007Toro99999.999
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444Hyden007Toro99999.999

The British used Heroin to destroy Imperial China, and colonized it. They grew heroin plants in Afghanistan; process it; then, sold it to the Chinese.

If you want to control and destroy a country. Give its citizens, illegal drugs, and make them addicts…

This was proven in the Chinese case. When the British colonized them…

“Those who not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it”…

Aquino and Mar Roxas and their cahoots are the modern day “KALIBAPI”…only they are doing it, for their Chinese Triad masters, and not to the Japanese Imperialists…

zaxx
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The Voice actually brings up a very good point. We should first be asking more fundamental questions. 1. Why are drugs illegal in the first place? 2. Why are some drugs legal in more functional first-world societies? 3. What will happen if we legalize drugs? Will it reduce the # of drug addictions? Like Elon Musk, I like to delve into first principles and basics. It makes thinking a lot more simple if we fix our foundations first. I will attempt to give an answer using an analogy and some rhetorical questions. Think of what has happened to our youth.… Read more »
Camara
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Only a brainless amoeba would think that drug proliferation is not a problem, yellowtard attack dogs wants to protect their masters knowingly that death penalty is in the offing for their masters in cahoots with drug traffickers. Drug Lords are crying for due process since they know that the Justice system does not work in the Philippines, because the same people who are in the government are in cahoots with criminals who just want to destroy and exploit Filipinos.

a yellow tard
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by the way guys, how legal is airgun in the philippines using a CO2 cartridge? i heard sometimes back from president Duterte that low calibers no need for license to citizen’s for self defense against criminals. i think it’s a must.

thanks.

Camara
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@ Furry Summer take your argument in China and see what will happen to you Asshole.