Critics of Duterte drugs campaign must be held liable, too PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 April 2017 13:46

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong…” (Ecclesiastes 8:11, the Holy Bible).

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CONGRATULATIONS TO DUTERTE, RP, FOR “ASEAN FIESTA”: Calling the ASEAN Summit Gala Dinner on Saturday, April 29, 2017, as “ASEAN Fiesta” is most certainly correct. Indeed, among us Filipinos, holding “fiestas”  represent festive celebrations of food, goodwill, and community camaraderie,  principally because of bountiful harvest, or good fortune, or even because we gained new friends.

In the case of the ASEAN Summit of 2017, festivities are in order on account of the increased cooperation among, and heightened concern for the welfare and well-being of, its member-nations. Holding the Summit in the Philippines this year likewise represents the trust and confidence that ASEAN member-states have clearly reposed on the new Philippine president, Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

I am therefore extending my felicitations to all those who made the ASEAN Fiesta and the 50th Summit in the Philippines possible. They have certainly made all of us proud, showing once again that Filipinos are capable of hosting a significant international event with aplomb. In particular, I congratulate President Duterte for accepting the challenge of hosting the event even if he is still very new as a president.

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CRITICS OF DUTERTE’S DRUGS CAMPAIGN MUST BE HELD LIABLE, TOO: Those who are challenging and openly criticizing President Duterte in connection with his fierce campaign to eliminate the scourge of illegal drugs in the Philippines should be held liable likewise for the many despicable and heinous crimes that are still being committed in the country by drug-crazed persons.

For example, there was this 15 year old girl who merely visited her relatives in Labrador, Pangasinan early this week. From out of nowhere, two male persons abducted her and then raped her repeatedly. Police said the suspects are known drug addicts in the place.

Surprisingly, however, not a word of condemnation has come from the likes of the Commission on Human Rights, nor from the group of bishops of a big religious organization, and not even from politicians who have been plotting to oust Duterte because of his fierce anti-drugs campaign. Is it because these critics would rather see our citizens getting killed, maimed, or raped by drug addicts, to assure them somehow that drug pushing is continuing?

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WHY WERE DUTERTE DRUG CRITICS SILENT DURING PNOY’S TERM? Indeed, this is something I cannot understand. While drugs proliferated and were even traded openly allegedly by top-ranking officials under the Aquino presidency from 2010 to 2016, and crimes committed by drug addicts soared to dizzying heights during that period, the nation did not hear any criticism from any of the foregoing groups or personalities.

True it was that, newspapers carried reports about the atrocities committed almost daily by drug addicts and drug syndicates during those days, but the lips of those criticizing Duterte now were conspicuously clipped and unopened then.

And it looked as if, they were silent not because they were under threat from drug syndicates, but more like, because they somehow profited from the illegal drug deals during those times. Many people are thinking, quite accurately it would seem to me now, that they are criticizing Duterte’s campaign because they are being deprived now of what they used to receive. Right? Or wrong?

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