Maligned victory

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A report of a global group critical of President Rody Duterte’s war on drugs indicated that the United Nations’ (UN) drug strategy for a decade has been a failure.

Said report called for a major rethinking of global policy on illegal narcotics.

The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) stated that UN efforts to eliminate the illegal drug market by 2019 has had scant effect on global supply while having negative effects on health, human rights, security and development.

As proof of such failure, it stated the “27,000 extrajudicial killings” in the Philippines.

The figure used, of course, was the extremely bloated number supplied by the yellow mob to demonize the war on drugs.

According to the report, drug-related deaths have increased by 145 percent over the last decade, with more than 71,000 overdose deaths in the United States last year alone.

Of course, the number cited on the Philippines was nowhere near the truth and was only meant to sell the results of the report among the gullible Western groups which are ever ready to provide financing for human rights promotion projects.

The IDPC consists of 177 national and international non-government organizations concerned with drug policy and drug abuse. It is urging the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs to consider a different approach to narcotics strategy for the next 10 years in preparation for a major March 2019 event in Vienna, Austria.

Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, admitted the failed policies of the UN on the global drugs problem as he said “there have been significant successes and failures in dealing with the problem of drug trafficking.”

Strangely, he stated that those in the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, which is the prime agency in the UN that deals with the drugs issue, “don’t see the efforts as a failure so much as they see it as something, a task which is incomplete.”

Haq’s statement was an admission that the success of the anti-narcotics campaign is relative to the jurisdiction applying the measures to solve the problem.

The Duterte administration, for instance, had stressed that the war on drugs has been an effective tool in “treating” the Philippine society from deterioration.

Deterioration was the path on which the previous administration was headed — a narco state, it is said, as government institutions had practically been turned into conduits for the drugs trade.

“We are on track of salvaging our deteriorating country from becoming a narco state or a state being held hostage by the rich and powerful who ignore the plight of the poor, powerless and marginalized or worst, both,” former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on 29 September.

“The Philippines under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is one with the United Nations in being uncompromising in the issues of rule of law, just and equitable peace that leads to order, development and prosperity, and the protection of each and every human beings’ rights,” he added.

The IDPC report and recent UN statements that the global problem had grown were consistent with the assessment of the administration of Rody that Western values will not be effective in addressing the drugs problems of different countries.

Narcotics syndicates merely take advantage of the approach of treating drug addiction as a health problem, which is the advocacy of most developed nations.

For a country with limited resources such as the Philippines, effective law enforcement remains the key in blocking drug traffickers from the innocent public.

The Western approach on the drug menace needed huge financial resources in the setting up of rehabilitation centers and provision of expensive treatment which Rody said the country can’t afford at the moment.

The narcotics epidemic, meanwhile, spreads like wildfire and the syndicates are ready to exploit weakness in government resolve against the crisis.

The IDPC and the UN have accepted that the drug problem had grown globally and that the programs implemented to address it failed in contrast to the greatly improved situation in the country under Rody’s war on drugs.

An incontrovertible proof on the gains of the Philippines’ program against drug trafficking is a recent survey showing nine out of 10 Filipinos supporting the campaign.

Other countries such as Bangladesh and Indonesia have also adopted Rody’s campaign as a model.

Rody, when he took power, anticipated the effect of the drug problem on Philippine society and addressed it in the most effective way he deemed possible.

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