Get the Spotlight on War on Drugs

  •   Troubadour 2016
  •   August 1st, 2016
  •   sjsmadmin

In August 2016, newly elected president hailed his anti-drugs campaign saying of the 3 million suspected drug dependents in the country. Approximately 600,000 dependents have turned themselves to the authorities.

This campaign of the president really did help the country for the past 7 months of his term. All eyes are laid to the progression and success of this campaign, yet it also initiated the extrajudicial killings here in our country. Frankly, too much attention has been given to this problem of drugs and crime in the Philippines that caused less spotlight given to the other serious problems that needs to be given solution.

The war on drugs campaign of the present administration really gave a good impact in our country. The drug-related activities had decreased since day 1 of the campaign. Yes, it did get the foresight it was aiming for. Yet, it also increased the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Government and non-government authorities had been killing the accused and innocent people in the nationality. Increasing number of deaths has been reported since the first month of the campaign. As of December, the death toll of this campaign is approximately 6,000.

This campaign has been causing too much death in our nationality. Many lives has been lost. This needs to be stopped. “I don’t care about human rights”, Duterte said in one of his interviews, yet it is a law in our country to promote and preserve human rights. He is ruling a christian nation and he must respect what his people values and believes.

Human rights violation and increasing number of deaths is the outcome of this campaign. Yes, it has lessened the number of drug addicts but it increased the number of extrajudicial killings in our country. This happening needs to be lessen. There has to be an improvement and a sorting to this campaign or else it may cause and initiate a new problem to our country.