Understanding the worsening drugs problem in the Philippines

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Davao City Mayor Rodgiro Duterte has emphasized a tough approach to the drug problem in the Philippines in his presidential bid

Many myopic idiots have a limited understanding of the drug problem in the Philippines. They focus on small drug dealers who are easy to kill and dispose, but they do not know much about drug lords who are invisible and unknown and who finance drug manufacturers and cooks and pay for chemical ingredients they import from foreign countries like Pakistan, India, and China. That is selective intellectual myopia to me.

If dealers have nothing to sell, we will not be talking about drugs and you will not be using them as a political issue. Perhaps we should be asking if there have been wealthy and influential drug lords in Manila, Cebu or Davao who have been apprehended, killed, prosecuted, or sentenced. If none, we should doubt this noisy promise about ending the drug problem and even consider the suggested bloody solution as anti-poor.

You can kill small dealers, who sell drugs due to poverty and who are easy to raid and shoot, but you cannot really stop the drug problem with that method. Those are the expendable people in the ecology of narco-capitalism who are replaceable with another vulnerable people who are not scared to do the same thing. When you are poor, dying from hunger is scarier and more dehumanizing. Poverty is their compelling reason.

Drug lords who are rich and well-connected remain untouchable in their secure mansions guarded by private armies. They are not vulnerable, nor are they easy to shoot and kill. They can easily use their money for legal and judicial protection when in trouble, and escaping to other countries is always their option. Those greedy drug lords exploit needy people’s poverty. They should be killed not really those small dealers.

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Davao City Mayor Rodgiro Duterte has emphasized a tough approach to the drug problem in the Philippines in his presidential bid

In the Philippines, most drug manufacturers and cooks are Chinese who cannot speak our language. They are from Mainland China. With that information alone, we can say that the probability that their financiers or drug lords are Chinese Filipinos is high. We should be asking why those Chinese manufacturers and cooks are in the Philippines and why they are seldom apprehended, killed, prosecuted, or punished.

Without including drug users who may have personal problems that require different rehabilitative responses, stopping the drug problem in the Philippines is definitely not easy. Government departments and agencies that handle immigration and deportation, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, importation and shipping, banking and laundering, and prosecution and imprisonment have to be cleaned up from top to bottom.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation, and even the Armed Forces of the Philippines need some cleaning up too. My God, many officials in those agencies use and sell drugs too. One of the effective solutions to the drug problem in the country is institutional reform, which, to me, means overhauling the whole government. Is that easy to you?

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Miyako Izabel is a Filipino transsexual blogger and agent provocateur on Facebook who believes that the Philippines needs more public intellectuals.

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