Today's Punto
Today's Punto
Editorial
No reason to believe in war vs. drugs

Aug 22, 2017

In a speech on August 11, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte himself discredited this war on drugs.

“Sabi ko, ang America <...> hindi nga niya makontrol ‘yung drugs, tayo pa kaya? We do not have the equipment. Kulang man. And you know the coastline... that’s 7,000 islands comprising the Republic of the Philippines. Hindi makaya ng iba, tayo pa kaya? ‘Yung drugs na ‘yan, we can’t control it.”

Where Filipinos are dying on mere suspicion of involvement in drugs, where deaths are justified by victims’ inclusion in questionable drug lists, where a few grams of drugs on a person has been used to justify murder, government has fallen silent on the P6.4-billion worth of smuggled drugs from China, for which there have been no suspects charged. The President himself now says there is no controlling the entry of drugs into the country.

We say: then there is no reason to believe in, or stand for, this war the President is waging.

We call for an end to President Duterte’s war on drugs. We demand that those responsible for the thousands dead in official police operations and the thousands more in summary executions be brought to justice.

(Excerpted from Cultural Workers’ Statement, August 20, 2017)


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