IN the past, shabu and other prohibited drugs used to bankroll political campaigns in this graft-prone Southeast Asian nation, which is still teeming with drug users, many of them youngsters.
A few months before the nation goes to the polls anew to elect new government officials, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is still committed to follow the rule of law in the war against the drug menace.
This despite fear that some unscrupulous politicians, particularly in the countryside, may use again “drug money” to ensure their victory in the May 13 national and local polls.
Since July 1, 2016, the crackdown against illegal drugs has left over 5,000 armed drug traffickers dead in gunfights with government law enforcement operatives in various parts of the country.
During the same period, law enforcement authorities also dismantled 258 secret drug dens and 13 shabu laboratories.
And as the May 13 fully-automated election, which is “democracy in action,” approaches, some quarters want the government to release the names of the so-called “narco politicians.”
PNP chief Director-General Oscar “Odie” D. Albayalde assured the public that policemen nationwide are under orders to strictly observe human rights in the crackdown against crimes and illegal drugs.
Albayalde, a product of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), said the PNP’s advocacy for human rights “is ingrained in our institutional policy and deeply-rooted through our doctrine and mandate.”
The Duterte administration’s total war against the drug menace does not in any way mean violating the human rights of the people, including those suspected to be involved in the illegal drug business.
Pero hindi naman puwedeng basta na lang magpapabaril ang ating mga pulis at iba pang otoridad. Kailangan nilang lumaban kapag nasa panganib na ang kani-kanilang mga buhay.