A re­volt­ing lop­sid­ed­ness

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! -

HOW many, they say, have been killed in the war on drugs? Twenty thou­sand, ten thou­sand or a few hun­dreds? And most of them are small-time drug run­ners? And, ex­cept per­haps for two, like us, brown-skinned and all?

In China, a num­ber of Filipinos have been ex­e­cuted, also in the course of their war on drugs. Their of­fense: they were drug mules, the wretched souls who trans­port drugs for the equiv­a­lent of a few thou­sand pe­sos in be­half of drug syn­di­cates that rake in bil­lions from the vastly prof­itable trade.

I do not know if the drugs, mostly shabu, that are ped­dled in our coun­try do come from China as many be­lieve. What is un­de­ni­able is that in al­most all cases in which huge quan­ti­ties of shabu were dis­cov­ered, there was at least one Chi­nese na­tional in­volved.

Re­mem­ber the so-called mega shabu lab in Man­daue? On Sept. 24, 2004, the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency raided a ware­house in Uma­pad and ar­rested a dozen men, all but two of whom sported Chi­nese-sound­ing names. In fact, five of them were Chi­nese na­tion­als, three were Tai­wanese and two were Malaysians.

Eleven of them, in­clud­ing the two Filipino ac­com­plices, were even­tu­ally con­victed by then Man­daue Re­gional Trial Court Judge Mar­i­lyn Yap of man­u­fac­tur­ing 635 ki­los of shabu with an es­ti­mated value of P1.3 bil­lion. The case against the 12th was dis­missed af­ter he turned state wit­ness.

Prior to their con­vic­tion, the Mega Shabu 12 were de­tained at the Cebu Pro­vin­cial De­ten­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter where they were main­stays of then Gov. Gwen Gar­cia’s world-renowned dance troupe. I do not know where they were sent af­ter they were con­victed but I am sure it was not to six feet un­der the ground, un­like our com­pa­tri­ots who were ex­e­cuted for the com­par­a­tively mi­nus­cule of­fense of act­ing as couri­ers of smaller quan­ti­ties of drugs.

Last Tues­day, the Pdea seized P1.1 bil­lion worth of shabu in­side the Ayala Ala­bang Vil­lage in Muntinlupa. For the ben­e­fit of the unini­ti­ated, Ayala Ala­bang is the en­clave of the wealth­i­est, the most pow­er­ful and the most in­flu­en­tial in the coun­try.

A large bulk of the drugs was found in­side a two-story house that was leased to ten­ants who paid a for­tune by way of ren­tals but who ap­par­ently did not live there, ac­cord­ing to the Pdea, be­cause they did not find any fur­ni­ture in the house or any sign that it had been in­hab­ited.

Who rented the house? As you must have guessed, Chi­nese na­tion­als, two of them. But un­like the phys­i­cally hand­i­capped boy whom the po­lice said they killed in self­de­fense, the Chi­nese ap­par­ently did not pro­vide the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers rea­son to neu­tral­ize them.

So the worst that can hap­pen to them is that they will be sen­tenced to jail and af­ter they have served out their sen­tence or are par­doned or oth­er­wise re­leased un­der any ar­range­ment, they will be asked to board the plane to China and there tell their tale.

When you think of our brother Filipinos who came home in coffins af­ter breach­ing China’s tight anti-drug laws, you can­not but be re­volted by the ut­ter lop­sid­ed­ness of it all.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.