The drugs, the war, and the war­riors

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! - Danny Abrigo

PHILIP­PINES be­came a war zone for three years now. The gov­ern­ment’s war against drugs started on July 1, 2016 and the pres­i­dent promised to end within six months. The data from PDEA was handed to him, record­ing more than 3 mil­lion drug ad­dicts.

En­listed for the war were the PNP per­son­nel headed by then Gen­eral Ron­ald “Bato” dela Rosa, skilled with Oplan Tok­tok Hangyo (TokHang), pi­loted in Davao City.

As of Jan­uary 2019, there were 5,176 drug sus­pects killed and were counted as col­lat­eral dam­age, in­clud­ing Al­buera Mayor Rolando Es­pinosa Sr., Sam­sudin Di­maukom Mayor Datu Saudi Am­pat­uan, Oza­miz City Mayor Rey­naldo Paro­jinog, Tanauan Mayor An­to­nio Halili, Gen­eral Te­nio Mayor Fer­di­nand Bote, and the Korean busi­ness­man Jee Ick-Joo.

In spite of the mas­sive in­for­ma­tion cru­sade about the evil of us­ing drugs, and the on­go­ing war against it, the sup­plies are still flour­ish­ing, ir­re­spec­tive of whether it is in the al­leys, on the streets, in the open-field par­ties, in prison fa­cil­i­ties, and worse are the float­ing bricks of over­stocked co­caine in the eastern seaboards.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte few days ago ad­mit­ted that the war is not over yet as was promised to end in six months be­cause the en­e­mies are within the gov­ern­ment. He also said that there are now seven to eight mil­lion Filipinos in­volved in drugs –a state­ment that PNP Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde be­lied, say­ing the data is not from the PNP.

The pres­i­dent’s re­cent de­tails and up­siz­ing if true, (from three mil­lion to seven mil­lion) must be an in­fal­li­ble in­dex that the gov­ern­ment has now the com­pre­hen­sive knowl­edge as com­pared to the days when the war started three years back.

In his book “The Art of War”, Sun Tzu wrote: “If you know the en­emy and know your­self, you need not fear the re­sult of a hun­dred bat­tles. If you know your­self but not the en­emy, for ev­ery vic­tory gained you will also suf­fer a de­feat. If you know nei­ther the en­emy nor your­self, you will suc­cumb in ev­ery bat­tle.”

Sun Tzu is one of the his­tory’s finest mil­i­tary tac­ti­cians and an­a­lysts. From this writ­ing many mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers have drawn in­spi­ra­tion, like com­mu­nist leader Mao Ze­dong and the Amer­i­can gen­eral Nor­man Sch­warzkopf.

With the re­cent facts and fig­ures about the strength of the en­emy and its mode of op­er­a­tions, the planned in­ten­si­fied war will be car­ried-through not with so­phis­ti­cated weaponry to kill, but of brainy war­riors in or­der to win.

Drugs are rampant. War is in­ten­si­fied. And the war­riors are im­prov­ing dis­ci­pline and tac­tics to win the bat­tle in less col­lat­eral dam­age.-

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