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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:12 pm 
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Why the drug war failed
HINDSIGHT - F. Sionil Jose (The Philippine Star) - October 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Our fascination with drugs, particularly those that are supposed to bring us pleasure and respite from pain, is rooted in the past and in human natural curiosity. Ancient Filipinos had their teeth filed and extracted, and this must have evoked unbearable pain. Doctors and historians explained to me that they braved the pain by chewing a particular drug or weed that numbed the nerves.

Continuing research on marijuana’s medicinal qualities has resulted in its decriminalization in many countries. The temptation for artists to use drugs for their mind-expanding properties is very strong, but there is little evidence that drug users have created great art or literature. There is nothing like the original creative mind, unsullied by drugs, to create great art.

In the 1950s, Bangkok still had opium dens. They were for the workers and the poorer classes, and were decrepit and smelly. Middle class and affluent Thais smoked opium in the comfort of their homes. Opium, which is like thick molasses, is placed in a pipe, then burned, and the smoker inhales the smoke.

In Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, opium was readily available and I bought a tin. I declared it at the airport and the customs people thought it was a joke and laughed. I was not able to bring a pipe so I went around the shops and Chinese drugstores in Binondo looking for one. I did not find any.

Opium was easily available, too, in Burma and Vietnam. The poppy plant, from which opium is derived, is beautiful when it blooms. It grows well in cooler climates and I have wondered why it was not grown in the Cordilleras or Bukidnon. Marijuana grows everywhere, but is often unnoticed for what it is. Smoking marijuana is illegal in Bhutan, where it grows wild and abundantly, and is used as hog feed.

The ancients knew drugs and the royal courts of Europe used it. The Chinese brought it to the country and it was known to the conquistador. The more expensive and sophisticated forms were used by the rich and famous, for which reason we often read of celebrities dying of overdose.

Shabu, produced cheaply and widely available, popularized drug addiction. There is no neighborhood in the country today that is not witness to how it destroys an individual and wrecks a family – from the poorest slums to the gated villages.

It was necessary and inevitable for President Duterte to declare a war on drugs, something that past administrations had failed to do. And now, this bloody war is on its third relentless year. What so many of us disregard is the social origins of drug addiction, primarily among our very poor. The illegality of drugs and addiction set the price of drugs, and it stands to reason that its use should be confined to those who can afford it.

Why then do the poor use it? Primarily to stave off hunger and because shabu is readily available, even in our poorest slums. The same phenomenon is evident in South America, where the poor chewed on coca leaves, from which cocaine can be extracted, to ease hunger and fatigue. Its stimulant effect is sometimes compared to that of coffee in the morning, to wake us up and to do away with the need for breakfast.

For workers who need to keep long hours of wakefulness – the drivers of jeepneys, taxis and trucks – they keep awake with shabu. And those scavengers on our garbage trucks, many of them are not paid at all. They collect those items that are thrown away – paper, plastic, metals, even food – so they can sell them. They work in the foulest conditions, and drugs help them to endure the stench that pervades their very lives.

Given these miserable facts, which many are unaware of or are distanced from, the drug war should therefore be tempered with this understanding and compassion. The very poor, the pushers included, are unwilling victims of drug abuse.

The figures for the killings from this drug war, which run into the thousands, illustrate clearly why the drug war has failed. It is compounded by the pervasive corruption in the highest places, particularly in our police force, and this is now being illustrated in the ongoing Senate inquiry.

The best example of how drug addiction can be vanquished is illustrated by Singapore, which is very harsh not only on the mules that carry the drugs but most of all on the drug lords themselves who are sentenced to death if caught. And in Singapore, justice is swift.

The sweetest victory, declared Sun Tzu, the Chinese realpolitik sage, is when a territory is won and the enemy surrenders without the victor raising the sword. This is achieved when the enemy is demoralized and is deprived of the will to fight. In the 1880s, the British went to war with China over the opium that the British shipped to that country. As President Duterte himself has admitted, how to dam the source is a major challenge in this drug war.

In case you don’t know, the ninja cops are the policemen who, when they seize kilos of shabu, keep half of the drugs to resell.

The Duterte government has a very good reason to ask for the reinstitution of the death penalty. But given the many deaths by impunity in this drug war, the death penalty may not be necessary – if the drug lords, above all, are meted the penalty that they deserve. I do not see this coming, however – not until the entire government itself, particularly the justice system, is rendered incorruptible and justice finally prevails.

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Nasaan na si Don Robert?


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booooo! nasaan naba mga drug lords? may nahuli naba?

mga rugby boys parin ang biktima ni dutae dito... naghahanap buhay lang naman mga yun :(

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Nasaan na si Don Robert?


Baka na Tokhang o nasa rehab :lol:

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Nasaan na si Don Robert?


Baka na Tokhang o nasa rehab :lol:

nagre-research din daw ng 1987 Constitution :biglaugh:

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Mayor on Duterte drug list slain in ambush
Rey Galupo (The Philippine Star) - February 12, 2020 - 12:00am



MANILA, Philippines — A mayor who was included in Malacañang’s list of local officials involved in the illegal drug trade was shot dead in front of a hotel in Malate, Manila on Monday night.

The Manila Police District (MPD) is not ruling out politics as a motive in the killing of Mayor Abdul Wahab Sabal of Talitay, Maguindanao.

Sabal, 45, his wife Mohana and police bodyguard Cpl. Alwal Guimad had just alighted from his Toyota Fortuner in front of the Mannra Hotel at the corner of Quirino and Leveriza streets in Malate and were checking in at around 10 p.m. when the mayor was shot.

Closed-circuit television footage from the hotel showed people trying to seek cover as shots were fired and Sabal suddenly falling onto the hotel glass door as he desperately tried to enter the establishment.

MPD homicide chief Capt. Henry Navarro said they recovered a spent 5.56mm shell across the street, which means the gunman could have used a rifle with a scope.

Navarro said the victim suffered gunshot wounds in the neck and chest.

He said Sabal had come from a meeting of local executives at the Okada Manila Hotel when the incident happened.

President Duterte had included Sabal in his narco list and he was charged before the Department of Justice in September 2016.

Duterte again named Sabal, a former police officer, in his list in March 2019 while he was a vice mayor and his brother Muntasir was then mayor.

He was arrested by elements of the Philippine National Police anti-illegal drugs group while walking out of the Awang Airport in the province of Datu Odin Sinsuat in August 2019. The victim, who was accompanied by his older brother, surrendered to the local police.

Muntasir, on the other hand, was also arrested during a raid on his house where authorities recovered dozens of firearms, including mortars, caliber .50 machine guns and grenade launchers, but he managed to go free and was even elected vice mayor.

Intelligence reports said Muntasir is now in hiding.

Meanwhile, a lawyer of the slain politician denied that Sabal was involved in illegal drugs.




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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:36 pm 
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mahirap talaga ma-involve sa droga..


sa tingin ko naman hindi mali-link basta basta ang pangalan ng isang tao diyan kung hindi naman tutoo



ang mahirap kung naaresto ka na at lahat, tapos patuloy pa din ang pagka-involve mo diyan :shock:




...kasi nga andaming kumakamping maiingay na human rights epaloids at kung sinusino pang hudas na namumulitika lang naman, real talk lang <-- pahiram yorme :lol:

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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... 7355665943



:shock: :biglaugh:

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IceColdBeer wrote:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3291800374213943&id=143947355665943



:shock: :biglaugh:

sana maniwala ang mga drug lords at pushers :lol:

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IceColdBeer wrote:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3291800374213943&id=143947355665943



:shock: :biglaugh:

sana maniwala ang mga drug lords at pushers :lol:


Game of the generals daw yan...
I hope this is not true...
Met this guy around 3 years ago...very humble and kita mo talaga ang integrity...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:26 am 
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Frame up yan malamang. Balita ko madami na tumumba sa Bacolod simula nung umupo siya.

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DILG chief: Yes, Espenido is on narco watchlist

Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido

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February 14, 2020



INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año corroborated the statements of two high-ranking police officials who said that Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido is on the illegal drugs watchlist of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Espenido, who has been commended by the President for his participation in the bloody war on drugs, is among the 357 policemen whose alleged links to the illegal drugs trade are undergoing adjudication, Año confirmed Friday, February 14, 2020.

“Yes, nakasama sya dun sa second batch nung listahan ni PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte)... Yes that’s true and he will also undergo validation and possible investigation,” he said.

Año said Duterte has long been aware of Espenido’s inclusion in the list and has ordered Philippine National Police Chief Archie Gamboa to conduct verification. Gamboa has repeatedly declined to confirm nor deny the information.

“Kung merong information, data available eh di mag-conduct ng investigation, kasi ito para mai-clear sila kung dapat silang i-clear, hindi naman yan ibig sabihin na guilty na sila, kaya nga sila nasa serbisyo pa dahil there is not enough evidence for their dismissal,” the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary said.

(If information or data is available, then an investigation should be conducted so that those who are innocent would be cleared. This does not mean that they are guilty. They’re still in the service because there is not enough evidence for their dismissal.)

“We also give them their right to be heard so dun naman yan lalabas pagka magkaroon ng investigation. Kung after the validation meron halimbawa na talagang mga availability of information na magiging basis for investigation, meron silang due process para ipagtangol ang kanilang sarili,” he added.

(If the results of the investigation show basis for an investigation, they will be given due process and allowed to defend themselves.)

In a text message, Espenido said he will speak about the issue by Monday, February 17, 2020.

“Monday na lang. Hintay pa ako (I’m still waiting for) go signal from my PNP. Thanks and sorry muna ngayon...Godbless po,” he stated.

Gamboa still refused to confirm nor deny Espenido’s inclusion in the list.

“Sabi ko nga (As I said), I neither confirm nor deny kasi nga there is confidentiality on the part of the list. Pinromise ko rin sa 357 that I will not divulge your names because they will undergo specific process,” he said in a radio interview.

“Kung nagsalita man si Secretary (Año) o si Presidente, take it from them. Pero sa PNP ito pa rin ‘yung stand ko na I will not divulge any of the personalities in the 357,” he added.

He also clarified that terms which should be used is adjudication and not investigation to avoid the impression that charges have been filed against the 357 cops.

“So when you say validation saka adjudication tinitingnan kung gaano katotoo ‘yung mga information na na-gather ng PNP at ng ibang agencies... kasi kaya nga ayoko magsalita doon sa 357 kasi hindi pa sila guilty at yun nga vina-validate ang reliability ng information tungkol sa kanila. Ang presumption kasi ng tao na pag nasa narco-list ka na may kaso ka na. Wala pa, these are based on information kaya ang tawag validation and adjudication,” said Gamboa.

Espenido was among the policemen who received commendation from Duterte for the implementation of several operations in line with the administration’s crackdown against illegal drugs.

Año said Espenido has been relieved from his post in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental and reassigned to the office of the PNP chief because of his alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

Espenido was the police chief of Albuera town in Leyte when its mayor, Rolando Espinosa, was shot dead inside his detention cell in Baybay City, also in Leyte, in November 2016.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) agents claimed that Espinosa resisted when they served a search warrant for illegal firearms in his detention cell.

Espenido was then assigned to Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental where he led the raid in the properties of the city mayor, Reynaldo Parojinog, in July 2017.

The mayor, his wife and 13 others were killed while his son Reynaldo Jr and daughter Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog were arrested and charged over illegal drugs.

Both Espinosa and Parojinog were tagged as narco-politicians and were on Duterte's watchlist. (SunStar Philippines)

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Court urged to transfer Parojinog to BJMP jail to end 'special treatment'
By CNN Philippines Staff

Published Feb 14, 2020 1:51:52 PM



Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — State prosecutors are calling for the transfer of former Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog from the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame to a regular jail facility.

In a motion received by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 95 on Tuesday, the prosecutors said Parojinog should be under the custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, just like any other detainee.

They said she should stay at the BJMP-Detention Facilities Special Intensive Care Area in Bicutan, Taguig City which has adequate resources for her continued detention and for transporting her to and from the court where her cases are pending.

The prosecutors, led by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, stressed that keeping Parojinog in Camp Crame reeks of "special treatment."

"Since criminal cases are now pending in court awaiting trial against the accused, she is regarded as a detainee and, as such, should be detained in a BJMP facility just like all others who are similarly situated. She should not be given special privileges or treatment distinct from all other detainees," the prosecutors said.

Two branches of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court – Branch 228 and Branch 95 – are handling Parojinog's illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms cases.

The PNP earlier said Branch 95 is the court which granted Parojinog's one-day medical furlough on November 12, 2018 – a move that was questioned by Branch 228. Judge Mitushealla Manzanero-Casiño of Branch 228 asked the jail warden of the Custodial Center to explain why Parojinog was allowed to leave her detention cell in November last year without the court's knowledge.

PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac said it was ordered by Branch 95. He said the same court also allowed Parojinog to visit her younger brother, Reynaldo, Jr. in Camp Bagong Diwa on December 23, 2019. This furlough was granted despite the objection of state prosecutors, who said there was no valid ground for her to enjoy a Christmas leave. The prosecutors even stressed it was tantamount to giving her preferential treatment.

The Parojinog siblings have been detained since 2017 over drug charges and illegal possession of firearms. Reynaldo, Jr. was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2019.

The Parojinog patriarch, Reynaldo Sr., was Ozamiz City mayor when he and 14 other people were killed in a police operation in the Misamis Occidental city in 2017. Police have tagged the Parojinog family as the source of illegal drugs in the city, with President Rodrigo Duterte tagging Nova Parojinog and her father as among the narco-politicians operating in Mindanao.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario and Eimor Santos contributed to this report.



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parang sumeksi na si princess

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Mestiza kasi...baka may nag-aalaga :shock:

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