War on drugs can’t stop drug prob­lem

"The war on drugs is not de­signed to stop il­le­gal drugs in the coun­try."

The Freeman - - NEWS - P. Manto/JBB — Mylen

This was the state­ment made by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gary Ale­jano of the Magdalo Partylist dur­ing the "SoAnoNa" Fo­rum held at Ecotech in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, yes­ter­day.

Ale­jano said that when he asked the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency what its strat­egy was in stop­ping the prob­lem of il­le­gal drugs, the agency did not pro­vide an an­swer.

"There is no strat­egy," he said, adding that prob­a­bly only Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte knows.

The war on drugs of the Duterte administration, he said, is a con­trol­ling mech­a­nism de­signed to in­still fear.

Not just sus­pected drug per­son­al­i­ties have been killed in the war on drugs, Ale­jano said, but also democracy, the due process of law, and re­spect for hu­man rights.

Ale­jano urged the peo­ple to help the gov­ern­ment, but not to sup­port ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings.

Etta Ros­ales, for­mer com­mis­sioner of the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights, gave names of those who were killed in po­lice drug oper­a­tions in­clud­ing the Paro­jinogs of Oza­miz City.

"...hindi bini­gyan ng pag-asa, pinatay nila," she said.

Ros­ales also pre­sented dur­ing the fo­rum the num­ber of deaths re­lated to Duterte’s war on drugs for the pe­riod Jan­uary to Au­gust 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to Ros­ales, 143 were killed dur­ing po­lice oper­a­tions in Jan­uary alone, while 71 were killed by uniden­ti­fied as­sailants. In Fe­bru­ary, two were killed in po­lice oper­a­tions while 58 were killed by uniden­ti­fied as­sailants.

In March, 54 were killed dur­ing po­lice oper­a­tions while 63 were killed by un­known as­sailants. In April, 84 were killed in po­lice oper­a­tions, 51 by un­known as­sailants.

For May, 128 were killed in po­lice oper­a­tions, 89 by un­known as­sailants, while in June, 114 were killed dur­ing po­lice oper­a­tions while 73 were killed by un­known as­sailants.

Fur­ther­more, records show that 105 were killed in po­lice oper­a­tions and 48 were killed by un­known as­sailants in July. In Au­gust, 177 were killed dur­ing po­lice oper­a­tions and 52 were killed by un­known as­sailants.

With over 1,200 dru­gre­lated killings recorded, Ros­ales is call­ing for the end of these killings and to start the heal­ing.

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