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President realizes he can’t do it alone

We can understand the criticism of some that so many of the nation’s major problems have remained unacted upon in the new administration’s focus on the drug problem. But we must also accept the fact that the drug problem is such an enormous one and it continues to unravel before us in all its staggering details.

Early this week, President Duterte said the drug problem has reached a point where he believes he cannot do it alone.

The number of deaths has gone over 3,700 and continues to rise. Hundreds of thousands of pushers and addicts have been arrested or have surrendered. There is no place for them in our overcrowded prisons and we don’t have enough rehabilitation centers. They are bound to go back to their addiction if indeed they have tried to stop.

The President believes there are 3.7 million addicts all over the country today and their number continues to increase. They could reach 4 million by the end of the year. He said there are 10,000 drug networks throughout the country.

What must be particularly galling to the President is the finding that so many men of the Philippine National Police, the force leading the anti-drugs campaign, are themselves drug addicts. The PNP has reported that of 159,000 policemen subjected to random testing, some 200 were found positive for illegal drug use.

Then there is a new list of 160 incumbent and former government officials linked to the drug trade. There are thousands of barangay captains and policemen. One reason for the cancellation of the cancellation of the barangay elections scheduled for Oct. 31, was to prevent the re-election of barangay captains funded by drug rings.

The President said he will have to consult Congress on what steps to take now that the magnitude of the drug problem has become known. Prosecution and the usual judicial processes are an “impossible dream,” he said. Besides, so many on the drug list are themselves judges, he added.

It may be time to set up a special government body to deal exclusively with the drug problem in all its ramifications, from police enforcement, to prosecution and trial, to health and rehabilitation, to education and coordination with the nation’s social, economic, cultural, and religious organizations. President Duterte launched the anti-drugs campaign but he has other problems that he must act upon as the leader of country.

comments
  • cris.tore

    may isang salita ang pangulo respetuhin natin ang desisyon niya.

  • justin tumunong

    kahit kailan sangayon ako sa nais ng pangulo wala siyang ginawang mali.

    • fred lustan

      mapag kunwari yan si dugong

  • christian

    maniwala lang tyo sa kakayahn ng pangulo magiging matagumpay ito.

  • julie

    hindi naman kailangan na magkagulo tyo ang kailangan lang namn ay pagkakaisa at matatag na trust sa president natin.

  • mean millena

    Godbless saiyo pdu30 sa lahat ng adhikain mo sa bansa..

  • miles magdaong

    huwag tayong mawalan na pag asa darating ang panahon makikita na rin natin ang tagumpay

  • chelle lasin

    suporta lang sa pangulo saatin lang nman na kapakan ang iniisip nya lagi

  • dan lapid

    galing mo talaga pdu30 lahat ng yan para sa bansa.

  • navarro987

    patuloy ka naming susuportahan president duterte.

  • juan

    isang magaling na leader si Pdu30 kaya tiwala ako sa kakayahan nyang mamuno sa ating bansa.malaki na ang nag bago simula nung naging presidente sya ng ating bansa at hindi nya tayo bibiguin dito.

  • cArLos

    alam naman ni duterte ang ginagawa nya,mananatili ang suporta namin sayo.

  • max=ate

    hindi naman yan gagawin ni digong kung ikakapahamak ito ng bansa,mag tiwala lang tayo sa ating leader.

  • lindon

    ginagampanan ni duterte ang tungkulin nya kaya gampanan din natin ang tungkulin natin bilang taga suporta nya.

  • jonifiiCuy

    .

    ginawa lang ni digong kung anu ang nararapat

  • breadWin69

    bilib narin naman talaga ako dito kay duterte,,

  • bentotpan23

    ,malaki talaga ang pinagbago ng bansa natin dahil sa pangulo

  • brenaBoy

    ok lang namn yan kasi ginawa nman nang pangulo ang lahat ng makakaya nya

  • vernzeecker,,,

    ibang klase talaga ang pangulo natin gagawin nya ang lahat para lang sa kaunlaran ng ating bansa,