As part of Duterte administration’s extensive campaign to ‘modestly decimate’ reportedly resisting drug users and unwilling drug pushers, the Philippines to date has come to a nearly 6,000 deaths and ballooning since July 2016!
Reportedly³, this ‘awesome’ number of deaths in Duterte’s war on drugs consists 2,086 killed from police operations and 3,841 killed from extrajudicial killings or EJK. Such a number of deaths define killing in large scale under Duterte administration in just roughly six (6) months of his renewable 72-month term as president. If this number will consistently behave throughout the course, then there will be more than 66,000 killed by the end of his term.
Filipino adults have now been worried.
The result4 of Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) survey conducted this fourth quarter of 2016 reveals that 45% of adults are very worried that someone from their families will be a victim of EJK. Only 12% isn’t worried at all.
Despite thousands of ‘alleged’ extrajudicial killings accounted for barely six (months) or more than 33 victims died each day, Duterte administration’s net satisfaction on its war on drugs campaign, according to SWS, remains excellent.
While local and international human rights advocate groups and the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard condemned to the highest possible term the ongoing frenzied issues on EJK in the country, President Duterte, himself, invited Callamard for EJK probe in his administration but with the following conditions:
- a debate between Callamard and President Duterte
- President Duterte can ask his own question to Callamard
- Callamard shall be under oath when President Duterte asks questions for the authenticity of the results
Callamard, of course, rejected Duterte’s imposed conditions and sought refuge by invoking the Code of Conduct as a special rapporteur. By the way, special rapporteurs are individuals, an expert on their fields, mandated to hold inquiries into violations or other specific target and gather information from different reliable sources and conduct research and provide a mission report.(Click: this link to know more about UN special rapporteur.)
President Rodrigo Duterte is just fortunate this far. We know anyhow it will soon end. We know anyhow that though his leadership in Davao is incredible, there are those who would say they lived in fear. But fear, we know, can either be made, staged, or just naturally felt. We know that a government or authority could stage anything to buy out fear and danger for a cost worth dying for at the end of the day. Conspiracy theorists aren’t born to tell lies. They are staged to appear all their theories are outright lies.
What again justifies the ‘largesse’ of Duterte administration on killings in the Philippines?
The wordings of President Duterte, himself, hinted that drug users or those victims are not human beings. Killing them is justified.
Whether President Duterte is just exaggerating or just talking in plain street words, there has been no other justification details from the administration acceptable and more decent to be understood until now. Still, killing in large scale in the country under his term can be interpreted that it is founded on a premise that junkies are not humans. They deserve death.
On the other side, pragmatism has played its role juggling between morality and practicality to solve urgent problems in time-bound rather than realistic.
To describe President Duterte in the most cliche, he wasn’t born just yesterday; he had eaten more than he needed. He was sated, disgusted beyond endurance to face the problem of drugs that is deteriorating day by day.
Looking at such perspective, President Duterte’s justification to kill on his war on drugs campaign is not only just fitting but also effective. That is, implementing an extralegal-moral solution to the urgent, despicable problem on drugs that has long been sickening the country but enriching those who have influence.
Change really is coming. But is this change going to fruition or just momentary? President Duterte might be preventively anticipating that so well the reason why he has to shift the Philippines to federalism. This, I think, is the primary reason. But there’s a catch. Assuming that President Duterte knows that his plan of action is only momentary and it fruitions to nada, still, he needs to work it out for the sake of change, for anyway his term is dependent on the state of his health or to a security risk it poses. Either way, President Duterte wins but the Filipino people still remain the losers. Then, his justification to go beyond the limits of the law and morality on his war on drugs campaign, though effective, is yet an outright failure.
We only have one life to live. Cherishing it to the fullest unrestrained would be the best gift a human being could enjoy the entire life. Intervening it is a sure hit of disrespect or murder at its best. Like an ecological community, the workings of life undergo an ecological succession where it never stays the same.
A drug problem is a life itself. It ends in the absence of factors sustaining it. But those factors are workings of life in human beings so integral for a life to continue living. If President Duterte is still in delusion to his campaign, then he must decimate the Philippines!
Problems are either staged, made, or just natural. Natural problems demand a natural solution. The opposite demands otherwise. Drugs may not be a problem at all. Rather, it may be an opportunity in a despicable dressing. It has become the business of the world. Attempting to cut it off is delusional. ▲
³ Philippine National Police via CNN. Sherwin Alfaro and Elizabeth Roberts, CNN. "Philippines: More than 5,000 deaths in 'war on drugs' since July". December 13, 2016. (edition.cnn.com/2016/12/12/asia/philippines-death-toll-drug-war/) 4 Social Weather Stations. "Fourth Quarter 2016 Social Weather Survey". December 21, 2016. (sws.org.ph/swsmain/artcldisppage/?artcsyscode=ART-20161219110734)