• PNP ‘running out of time’ in war vs drugs

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    WAR VS DRUGS A total of 67 drug suspects and pushers are seen being guarded by members of the Philippine National Police at the covered court of Camp Caringal in Quezon City, Sept 2, 2016. The suspects were to be transported to the Quezon City Hall of Justice, early Friday morning for inquest. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    WAR VS DRUGS A total of 67 drug suspects and pushers are seen being guarded by members of the Philippine National Police at the covered court of Camp Caringal in Quezon City, Sept 2, 2016. The suspects were to be transported to the Quezon City Hall of Justice, early Friday morning for inquest. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa has admitted authorities were running out of time to meet the six-month deadline of President Rodrigo Duterte in putting a stop to crimes, particularly illegal drugs.

    The PNP chief said during a new conference in Camp Crame on Thursday they were tripling their efforts in the intensified campaign against illegal drugs, which is entering its third month.

    De la Rosa said 929 drug suspects have been killed in legitimate police raids since July, while 1,507 have died outside police operations.

    But the PNP still feels short of its intended targets. The PNP is aiming for the surrender of 1.8 million Filipinos hooked on illegal drugs, based on the estimate of the Dangerous Drugs Board, the PNP chief said.

    So far, more than 600,000 people have turned themselves in to authorities, which the PNP chief described as a “plateau.”

    “The President said that we should have zero tolerance against illegal drugs, we have a lot of things to catch up with and I’m worried that we are running out of time,” de la Rosa told reporters in Camp Crame on Thursday.
    On Friday, the PNP National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) said it was stepping up its campaign against illegal drugs by bringing “Oplan Tokhang” inside exclusive villages, condominiums and call center offices in Metro Manila.

    The NCRPO director, Chief Supt. Oscar Abayalde, said in a statement he had directed all district commanders in Metro Manila to step up the implementation of Oplan Tokhang, wherein police knock on the doors of drug suspects and urge them to surrender, and “Project Double Barrel,” in which police pursue big-time drug offenders.

    He pointed to the effectiveness of Oplan Tokhang and Project Double Barrel in suppressing the supply and consumption of illegal drugs, given the number of surrenderers.

    Abayalde said involving exclusive villages and condominiums would lead to “further cleansing” Metro Manila of illegal drugs.

    He said the NCRPO’s Oplan Tokhang has so far yielded 41,819 drug surrenderers, arrested 3,891 others and neutralized 294 suspects during police operations, for the period July 1 to September 1.

    “We are on our second month on the war against illegal drugs and we renew our commitment to accomplish the marching order of the President by encouraging everyone to be involved in this campaign,” the police official said.

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    1. To the people of the Philippines:

      An elected government should not declare war and militarize against its own people. Historically, the use of force to address/prohibit non-violent, victimless activities has only ever produced negative results. Such a violent crusade against civilians invariably evolves into a full-blown civil war.

      It is now obvious (at least to the rest of humanity) that you have foolishly elected a despotic psycho-killer for president. This means that you no longer have due process, constitutionally protected rights or fair trials in a public forum. Suspicion or rumor is now all that’s required to terminate the life of any citizen.

      Nowhere on this planet has any nation ever had success with the policy of drug prohibition. Many thousands of you will die. Many of your villages, towns and cities will be turned into killing fields—but the drugs will still be there and the corruption will still be there.

      Things will become far worse than any of you could ever have possibly imagined; your inevitable and dire situation will finally make the rest of the world realize how dangerous and utterly pointless prohibition really is.

      This may not end until hundreds of thousands of you are dead. Your most precious institutions and possessions will be destroyed. Nothing can change your fate. You are in the process of destroying your own society. All of you are now very vulnerable; prohibition has reached its inevitable conclusion.

      Thank you for helping to teach the world this powerful lesson with the blood of your own families!

      • Malcom Kyle, you seem to have a better idea on how to run my Philippines. If you are a Filipino, you should have run for president so you can take care of the mess the country is in. Otherwise, perhaps you should just shut the f— up. And why do you even care???

    2. Dear people of the Philippines:

      An elected government should not declare war and militarize against its own people. Historically, the use of force to address/prohibit non-violent, victimless activities has only ever produced negative results. Such a violent crusade against civilians invariably evolves into a full-blown civil war.

      It is now obvious (at least to the rest of humanity) that you have foolishly elected a despotic psycho-killer for president. This means that you no longer have due process, constitutionally protected rights or fair trials in a public forum. Suspicion or rumor is now all that’s required to terminate the life of any citizen.

      Nowhere on this planet has any nation ever had success with the policy of drug prohibition. Many thousands of you will die. Many of your villages, towns and cities will be turned into killing fields—but the drugs will still be there and the corruption will still be there.

      Things will become far worse than any of you could ever have possibly imagined; your inevitable and dire situation will finally make the rest of the world realize how dangerous and utterly pointless prohibition really is.

      This may not end until hundreds of thousands of you are dead. Your most precious institutions and possessions will be destroyed. Nothing can change your fate. You are in the process of destroying your own society. All of you are now very vulnerable; prohibition has reached its inevitable conclusion.

      Thank you for helping to teach the world this powerful lesson with the blood of your own families!