Current killing campaign won’t stop drugs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:56

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us…” (Isaiah 33:22, the Holy Bible).

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WHO ARE WE TO BELIEVE NOW? As expected, many of those whose names were announced by President Duterte on Sunday, August 07, 2016, as being involved in drugs denied the accusations against them, and that, indeed, is a natural reaction. In the Philippines, we observe the so-called “11th Commandment”, which is derisively stated as “do not admit, even if you are caught”.

So, what are we to do now? Whom are we going to believe? Duterte, with his bare allegations, or the officials who are denying those allegations? It would have been a lot simpler if, right during the announcement made by the President, he simultaneously listed details of the officials’ involvement in the illicit drug trade, with dates and places of commission of drug pushing.

As it is, the President has only succeeded in pitting his word against the word of those whom he linked to the drug menace. Without hard evidence, we cannot fault those being linked if they fight back and vehemently deny the accusations against them. I hope the President’s legal advisers will dare to discuss this with him, and thereby put more legitimacy and legal acceptability into the drugs campaign.

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CITIZENS STILL HAVE GUARANTEES FROM CHARTER: Make no mistake about it. I am in full support of Duterte’s hardline stand against illegal drugs. I know how it feels when a relative is killed at the instance of drug syndicates. My own brother, former barangay captain Ariel L. Mauricio of Poblacion Center, Ramos, Tarlac, was killed after receiving death threats from drug personalities.

But then, we cannot right a wrong by another wrong. We cannot correct the drugs problem that has the entire Filipino nation in its maniacal grip by killing people left and right simply because they are suspected of involvement in illegal drugs. We cannot stop the drug menace that has already killed many of our youth by wanton yet unverified accusations against judges, politicians and other officials.

The last time I looked, the Philippines is still a country operating under a set of well-defined laws, where the rule of law is still the general rule that must be adhered to and obeyed at all times. We are still a democracy, where each and every citizen is granted Constitutional guarantees, like the guarantees of presumption of innocence and, more basically, of being given an opportunity being condemned and punished.

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CURRENT KILLING CAMPAIGN WILL NOT STOP DRUGS: There are many of us now who say that where were Duterte’s critics—those who speak out against the vigilante-style campaign against drugs under his administration—when a great number of Filipinos were being raped, maimed, and killed by drug-crazed individuals, when Filipino kids by the millions were losing their minds and their souls because of drug addiction, in the past?

That, I have to admit, is a good question, and a very valid one at that. But then, in asking that question, I am sure that the sole intention was the good of the Filipino people, the thought being that, the only way to fight drug syndicates is eliminating those behind it once and for all. Unfortunately, this is not going to permanently stop the drugs problem.

I am sure that after Duterte steps down from Malacanang, either after six years or perhaps sooner, by some quirk of fate, God forbid, the zealous and aggressive campaign against drugs under his administration will surely be forgotten, allowing syndicates to resume their nefarious activities. The solution, really, is not just eliminating the people behind the problem, for there will be others who will come after them, but in bringing Filipinos closer to God!

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