Like any other home, we find something common from all other dwelling- multitude of problems that is difficult to understand, hard to solve, yet has to be cured. Same goes with our country, there are plenitude of issues and concerns that confronts us as a nation; problems which seem to be endless and deeply rooted within the society such as but not limited to DRUGS.
All of us know and recognize drugs as an affront to every peoples being, but little do we know that it is that huge a problem already that has consumed millions of our countrymen had it not been exposed to us by no less than the President himself that as a matter of fact, he was elected because majority saw in him the potential of a leader whose political will is that strong to curb down and/or eliminate further drug proliferation in our country to which it is highly laudable as it give us high hopes of finally having this place free from whatever problems it may result to had the problem on drugs be not its priority- peace and order shall be in total distress. Through the Chief Executives’ directive, the Philippine National Police implemented “Oplan Double Barrel” more commonly known as “Oplan Tokhang“. We saw huge positive turnouts as hundreds of thousands of Filipinos have surrendered to the authorities, thereby placing themselves under the mantle of government’s extensive rehabilitation program for substance abuse and even giving them livelihood means to divert them from use of vices and to help them augment their families income making them more productive members of the society.
But such programs and initiative of the government is heavily tainted with both moral and legal concerns. The price seem to be too high that life is at stake and that due process of the law are not fully accorded as what should be the ideal given that it is already the life and liberty of drug personalities and even innocent ones who are fast becoming the collateral damage in such implementation that are highly condemned not only locally but even abroad with the United Nations taking aim at how the war on drugs has greatly affected many, particularly the marginalized sectors whose families suffer most at the lost of members of their family who were not even subjected to any forms judicial process but are rather killed in an instant. Killings had risen on a day-to-day basis since July, human rights violation boomeranged, we saw and continuously see a number of dead people with placards that says “Wag tularan, Pusher/Addict ako” left and right, from one Barangay to another, from dark, known dangerous places to broad daylight killings, from adult to a child (worst an infant), killings of “alleged” drug users and law perpetrators are at large and undeniably rising up to date.
While we do not say that it’s the government that is directly responsible in all of these killings as there is and obviously there are legitimate operations conducted and are being conducted, we can also say that the perpetrators might just be using the governments program to somehow free themselves of the crime and point the blame on the government. However, what we are seeing and observing are the authorities’ lackluster performance and ineptness on their part to address the issue which leads us and many others concluding, that they might be the ones truly behind these. The government must double and if they can, triplicate their efforts especially the law enforcement agencies and authorities in the strict implementation of penal laws at hand and submit those criminally liable and responsible to our justice system. In this way can we be assured that the wheels of justice system are in motion, working and are in full force. They must also check the veracity of the drug lists being supplied to them from the grassroots of the society which are those coming from the barangay level up to the highly esteemed National Bureau of Investigation officers and other intel communities and networks as it is argued that the list contains flaws and lists of names which are not even based on accurate facts and verified factual basis as admitted by the President in one of his speeches himself.
Not until the government do its part in assuring that all its operations are legitimate and taint-free from all killings outside the legal processes, that big names in the drug trade industry are punished legally and face the consequences of the law, that everyone rich or poor are treated with equality and with due respect of the law, this initiative to curb and eliminate further proliferation of drugs won’t be achieved and won’t succeed as desired. Efforts must also be made regarding the marginalized sector, the poorest of the poor where poverty is highly alarming, give them access to education as it is a constitutional mandate more so a right duly given under the supreme law of the land that will uplift every Filipino citizens’ societal standing, ensuring them a more promising and brighter future, presenting them the attending negative results of vices as drugs and other acts which may in most minds be right but in actuality are legally wrong, preventing them from using such and making them aware that drugs won’t be good and do no good both to self and surrounding others, hampering the achievement of national interests. The government must in the same vein make opportunities widely available to everyone making them more efficient and productive, contributing to the growth and progress of this country, thereby making this country noble and great, even greater again. The government surely do their part. There are flaws, yes! as nobody is perfect. But everything must be done in view of the laws of the land so as not to deviate from the noble purposes and intention of program. Similarly put, we, the people must also do our part, be good members of the society, be vigilant on every actions being done by self and by the government. We must not and should not be fully dependent on what the government can do for us but we must also ask ourselves of what we can do to help our government. The problem on drugs is a problem deeply rooted from social ills- working hand-in-hand is the key; Government must work with, by and for its people as everyone should also work with, by and for the progress of this country it is also important to know that time is of the essence- Act not when it’s already too late to regret that we can no longer undo things. There’s no problem big as this if drugs, vices and other acts illegal is out of our minds to begin with.
An Advocacy from ECE152 Rizalistic