Duterte, Trump, Jin­ping to­gether in drug war

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINIONOPINION -

UNITED States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has de­clared an all -out war against drugs. Shocked by the re­cent death statis­tics that is at­trib­uted to drug ad­dic­tion, Trump an­nounced be­fore an assem­bly of med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers, law­mak­ers, state gov­er­nors Fed­eral law en­forcers an un­prece­dented cam­paign against drug syn­di­cates and or­dered the Food and Drug Au­thor ity to im­me­di­ately pull out ad­dic­tive pain killers which had been iden­ti­fied as among the cul­prits that hook mil­lions of Amer­i­cans to drugs.

Trumps rev­e­la­tion stunned the wor ld but closer to home the dec­la­ra­tion de­liv­ers a blow on the so­lar plexus of ra­bid cr it ics of Pres. Rodr igo R. Duterte which had per­cep­ti­bly in­creased the deci­bel against the gov­ern­ment’s un­re­lent­ing cam­paign against drugs. Just last week new faces iden­ti­fied with the po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion had sur­faced each ques­tion­ing the Pres­i­dent’s psy­cho­log­i­cal be­hav­ior and rais­ing doubt on his ca­pa­bil­ity to gov­ern. It is ob­vi­ous that the new ca­bal of wreck­ing crew was fielded as the known po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion fig­ures have lost their cred­i­bil­ity. Mean­while in Amer­ica, the out-of-tune Sen. An­to­nio Tril­lanes who is fac­ing a war­rant of ar­rest for yet an­other li­bel case filed against him, is busy spread­ing lies to Filipino com­mu­ni­ties.

It’s ap­par­ent that the fresh tirade on Duterte was meant to dis­par­age the Pres­i­dent and to dis­credit him on his cam­paign against drugs. A psy­chi­a­trist named Ana Ju­nia de­scribed the Pres­i­dent in her Face­book post as nar­cis­sis­tic. This was fol­lowed closely by Win­nie Mon­sod col­umn in the Phi l i ppine Dai l y In­qui rer where she finds sim­i­lar­ity in the per­son­al­ity of US Pres­i­dent Trump and Duterte whom she de­scribed as hav­ing nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity dis­or­der. An­other lady lawyer, ban­nered as a top­notcher but whose name es­caped me now ad­mon­ished lawyers and as­pir­ing lawyers not to pur­sue their pro­fes­sion if they are sup­port­ive of the Pres­i­dent’s war on drugs. The lat­est to en­ter the fray is an Aquino lackey and an avowed sup­porter of the Liber al Par t y, Vi cky Garchi torena who, for her par t , t ar get ed Honeyl et Avan­cena, com­mon law wife of Pres­i­dent for her role as host for the gala re­cep­tion of the wives of heads of state who wil l be at tend­ing the Asean sum­mit.

But the Duter te bash­ers have a heav­ier dose of brow beat­ing them­selves. Ju­nia was ad­vised to see a psy­chi­a­trist her­self, Mon­sod dubbed as failed eco­nomic ad­viser of Aquino and a soap en­dorser, while Gar­chi­torena’s own well-kept se­cret is out on WWW. The lawyer is an un­known char­ac­ter no­body seems to bother about her.

Both the Pres­i­dent and part­ner Honeylet weath­ered the defama­tion. More­over luck and public sup­por t are on their side. Trump’s dec­la­ra­tion of a to­tal war against drugs res­onates with Duterte’s pri­mor­dial agenda of erad­i­cat­ing the drug syn­di­cates. But there is more to it. UNCHR spe­cial rap­por­teur, Agnes Cal­la­mard, who sur­rep­ti­tiously came to the Philip­pines on in­vi­ta­tion of the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights and anti-Duter te FLAG lawyers never told us that 175 Amer­i­cans die daily due to drug ad­dic­tion. Pres­i­dent Trump said seven Amer ican lives are lost daily due to drug de­pen­dency or 64,000 per ished ev­ery year. Cal­la­mard and a cer tain Dr. Car l Hart which she had in tow, kept th­ese statis­tics se­cret on the Filipino au­di­ence, They ca­su­ally told their au­di­ence that drugs can­not kill or dam­age the brain. But here comes the US Pres­i­dent declar ing the death statis­tics and drug ad­dic­tion in Amer ica a na­tional shame and a hu­man tragedy.

So for­get the ly­ing Cal­la­mard and Dr. Car l. The head of state of Amer­ica tells us more. What is more wor r isome is that thou­sands of new-born ba­bies suf­fer from ex­treme pain and other af­flic­tion be­cause of the ef­fects of drug while still in the womb of their drug-hooked par­ents.

Trump dubbed the menace of drug in Amer ica as an epi­demic and de­clared the strate­gic steps he had star ted to com­bat drugs as a na­tional emer - gency. Al­ready over 2-mil­lion Amer icans are cer ti­fied drug ad­dicts while count­less more are into drugs and have to be re­ha­bil­i­tated. He ad­mit­ted that what they have to­day is the worst drug cr isis in the US his­tory and that Amer icans are the largest con­sumers in the wor ld.

The shock­ing dis­clo­sure makes Philip­pines drug prob­lems in the same cat­e­gory as that of Amer ica but the lat­ter is more com­plex. Trump or­dered the im­me­di­ate pull­out of diploids, a pain-re­liev­ing med­i­ca­tions, from the mar­ket as they are found to be ad­dic­tive. Fed­eral law en­forcers were di­rected to se­cure air­por ts and sea por ts from the il­le­gal en­try of syn­thetic drugs from China and to com­mence build­ing the per ime­ter wall be­tween the US and Mex­ico wher e 90% of the il­le­gal drugs are com­ing from. He sig­ni­fied that he is go­ing to talk to China’s Pres. Xi Jin­ping and know­ing how Pres­i­dent Duterte has stood firmly in his war against drugs, it is not far -fetched that the three heads of state will have a spe­cial meet­ing dur­ing the Asean sum­mit on how to ad­dress the scourge of drugs. As Trump em­pha­sized, “to­gether we fight il­le­gal drugs”.

As Duter te vowed to erad­i­cate drugs from day one in his pres­i­dency, Trump told his Amer­i­can con­stituency: “We will be the gen­er­a­tion that will put an end to the drug epi­demic.”

— Jun Ledesma

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