PHL:’Shabu capital of the world’? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 11:41

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Recent news reports revealed that the Philippines is allegedly now  the shabu capital of the world. This alarming piece of information revealed by our illegal drug authorities has so many implications, not only for the government or the authorities but the Filipino family, most specially. And this allegation has some truth in it.

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Police blotters and crime indices report that almost almost all crime related incidents, starting from petty ones in the neighborhood to a more complex and heinous crimes, are drug related. Even fatal vehicular accidentshave the same suspected causes. The country’s illegal drug problem has chillingly invaded the very core of our conservative close knitted Filipino family values. Ironically, drug proliferation and addiction have been known to be the real cause of broken homes, homeless children, youth law offenders and the outright sale of precious real family properties to support the vicious drug addiction of a family member. This biting reality is to hide the truth just to maintain a family status in the community.

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A research group on the scope of drug proliferation in Manila revealed that at least 98% of all barangays in Metro Manila are infiltrated by illegal drugs. Many youths in Manila to include adults are hooked on illegal drugs, especially the so-called “poor man’s cocaine” or shabu. The worst part of the research shows that even barangay officials are known to be hooked or distributors of shabu in their turf. The drug problem has gone from bad to worse, the same research reveals.

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Drug proliferation and corruption in the country are like “brothers and sisters”. It has been widely known that shabu production in the country is done by foreigners, allegedly Taiwanese and mainland Chinese nationals. How they were able to be in the country and do their illicit business is because of corrupt government immigration officials. How they were able to produce and distribute shabu in the country is because of the alleged connivance of some police and other government authorities. These facts have been proven, because some of these foreigners who are shabu producers are caught and jailed, but again are set free and sent home by some corrupt authorities and only to find out that they will return some other time.This is the “rigodon” of illegal drugs and corruption in the Philippines.

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The shabu problem and the corruption behind it is happening throughout the country. Cities from Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayan Islands and Mindanao, even in our very own Zamboanga City, the shabu problem is the same. Perhaps, this is the reason why the Philippines is branded as the “shabu capital of the world”. So many of our citizens have died and some will still be dying not only on the bad effects of shabu, but the distribution itself. Some of them die because of huge debts to shabu distributors, because shabu distribution scheme is syndicated. As in any crime syndicate, your life and that of your family members are the collateral in the drug business.

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The newly elected Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte,  dubbed as The known Punisher and drug buster, will have his hands full everyday now that drug distribution and addiction are everywhere in country. Perhaps the new President will punish more the foreigners who are producing these drugs and rehabilitate the Filipino addicts and users. The government must pour more funds to construct more rehabilitation centers and employ more experts who can deal with drug addicts and restore them to normalcy again. Adopt a measure that will run contrary to the proverb of “killing the goose that lays the golden egg” and instead “ Kill the goose that lays the golden egg”. Perhaps this will stop the production of dangerous shabu.

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Scoop: President Duterte is starting it right on his promise to stop the illegal drugs proliferation in the country. We were informed that all barangay chairmen in the country are given orders to give a list of drug users, addicts and distributors in their barangay to  police authorities in their area, as the first measure before the government will adopt remedies. This is indeed a good move provided the barangay Chaiman himself is not the problem. If he is, it will be a case of “Bantay Salakay” . Agree or disagree.