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“The protection of rights had always been part of the
anti-narcotics
campaign despite the critics’ claim of brutality helped along by Rody’s toxic rhetorics.

In his third State of the Nation Address, President Rody Duterte told his critics that “your concern is human rights, mine is human lives” in underlining his determination to pursue the war on drugs to its conclusion.

He said the campaign would be “relentless and chilling” as during the day it started in 2016.

He noted that “lives of our youth are being wasted” and families destroyed as a result of the narcotics plague that he had vowed to end.

The spread of the drugs problem as a global epidemic was a key topic during the High-Level Event on Counter Narcotics convened by the United States at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September.

US President Donald Trump is among global leaders advocating stronger measures to stop the narcotics problem but he is saddled with the same problem confronting Rody of political critics using the issue as ammunition against him.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres described drug addiction as “more than just a policy but also a personal issue,” noting that he himself had lost a friend to drugs.

Trump agreed with Guterres as he said drug addiction continues to claim “too many lives” in the US and the nations around the world.

“Today, we commit to fighting the drug epidemic together,” Trump said.

Guterres also said in an earlier speech that “drug-related challenges are among the world’s most complex problems.”

This scourge negatively hit the well-being of individuals, families and entire communities, and hinders security and sustainable development, Guterres said in his message to an event marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The UN chief in speaking strongly against the drugs menace pointed to the growing discernment about the priority of Rody under his administration which is ending the drugs problem that became an epidemic due to the neglect of the previous administration.

Rody is already a step ahead in the global crusade which is a fact that the country’s neighbors in the region such as Bangladesh and Indonesia subscribe to in using the demonized “Tokhang” police campaign as a model.

“Tokhang” is being associated with the extrajudicial deaths being pinned on Rody by his foes but the real intent of the program is the use of persuasion and community pressure for drug dependents and traffickers to reform.

The protection of rights had always been part of the anti-narcotics campaign despite the critics’ claim of brutality helped along by Rody’s toxic rhetorics.

The commitment to rights protection should be a factor for the Philippines being nominated for a seat in the United Nations Human Rights Council which the usual faultfinders are vigorously opposing.

“Rody is already a step ahead in the global crusade which is a fact that the country’s neighbors in the region.

Rody’s tough talk is a necessary element of the war on drugs since he speaks the language that can be understood by the underworld characters and scalawags in government who profit from narcotics.

The yellow cabal and its overseas supporters such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) are blocking the country’s candidacy in the rights body, saying the Philippines is among UN members with “egregious human rights records.”

“UN member countries should show their outrage at the Philippines and Eritrea by leaving two spots on the ballot sheet blank and keeping them off the council,” HRW UN Director Louis Charbonneau said.

Charbonneau cited the “abusive” war on drugs for its opposition.

Admission to the UN body would mean a full realization of the complexity of the drugs problem that Guterres had indicated in his addresses.

The UN and the United States had ceded that the drugs problem reached epidemic proportions globally and that a unified effort is needed to control if not stop it.

Rody has been years ahead in seeing the lethal backlash of addiction to the society even during his term as Davao City mayor decades ago.

Yellow President Noynoy Aquino, in contrast, largely ignored the problem and his underlings may have even benefited from it.

Had the yellow regime perpetrated, the Philippines would be in good standing with the pontifical rights groups as a narco state.

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