The Problem with “Awa” or Sympathy for Drug Users

This woman’s picture made the rounds with her rather questionable message, “I’am a drug user, will you kill me? #break the stigma.” Let me guess what she means: illegal drug use is should not be seen as a bad thing, and that it is being used as an excuse or false reason to kill someone. […]

Leila De Lima is to blame for persistence of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

The way social media “activists” are chattering about the supposed sudden surge of “extrajudicial killings” (EJKs) in recent weeks, you’d think that the Philippines has descended into an orgy of vigilantism under current President Rodrigo Duterte. The fact is, EJKs have long been a business-as-usual feature of Filipino-style “justice”. Back in 2010, the Hong Kong-based […]

Gimme a line: Cocaine use in Pinoy showbiz and politics

Bad bad influence indeed. It seems showbiz personalities and politicians in the Philippines have much to answer for when it comes to the scourge of drug abuse in the Philippines. Add to that the glamour appeal of trendy drugs like cocaine. Cocaine is a powerful nervous system stimulant. Its effects can last from 15-30 minutes […]