Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brother of ex-shabu pusher salutes Duterte's drug war: I commend him for prioritizing a social problem

In the middle of the controversy that have placed the Philippine National Police (PNP) in hot water last year, an as though open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration surfaced on Facebook.
SHOCKING: Netizen whose brother is an ex-shabu pusher commends Duterte, his reason will crush your heart
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It can be remembered that one of the casualties that the PNP's drug raid conducted in Caloocan incurred was a 17-year-old student Kian Loyd Dela Rosa. According to the authority, this is part of the administration's unrelenting war on drugs.

In a Facebook post, France Agbalog, a fearless netizen whose brother was an ex-shabu pusher, slammed the people who were sensationalizing the minor's death back then—making him wonder what the reason behind the fuss is.

In the same post, he mentioned that it could possibly be motivated by a hidden agenda.


By France Agbalog

In December of 1994, I went home from school looking at the sympathetic eyes of my neighbors. They never said a word but the tremendous silence and uncomfortable stares told me something was wrong. And my gut feeling was right. I arrived home to find out my eldest brother was arrested due to possession of methamphetamine (shabu). Yes, my brother was a pusher. That was how I learned about drugs. I was 10 years old. Much ahead of my peers. It was the saddest Christmas and New Year of my family. We visited my brother in prison (Lumbia) and that experience was one of the things I don’t want to remember. With the support of my father, my brother was bailed out of jail. After that, he had to report to PDEA for a certain period to completely clear his record. But the effect of trauma shattered my innocence and it took me years to overcome such horrible event.

That is the reason why President Duterte’s War on Drugs is so personal to me. And I commend him for prioritizing a social problem that no other sitting president has done. But the recent death of a 17-year old Kian Lloyd de los Santos instigated much more an already furious debate. While I support the call for the punishment of those responsible for his death, I can’t help but ponder over the incident.

What bothers me is the fact that his death became too sensationalized. As a former editor of a university publication, I know that when a news is sensationalized, its main objective is to provoke the public interest at the expense of ACCURACY. Thus, I feel suspicious about it. It’s as if “they” are trying so hard to talk about this issue to forget another one. It’s easy to tell that it was all over the mainstream media, EVEN PRIOR TO THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION, with more airtime compared to previous news that were equally, if not more, pressing. And yes, I’m talking about the Bautista brothers’ questionable wealth. As far as I know, the media were almost mum about the progress of this case. I have seen this approach before. Too many times, in fact. In the previous administration, this was the time Kris Aquino had to spark a controversy in order to sway people’s attention away from his brother’s. Nostalgic, isn’t it?
Pres. Duterte and PNP Chief Dela Rosa | Photo from ABS-CBN News
 PNP Chief Dela Rosa | Photo from Rappler

As I read the news today pertaining to a woman who was “stabbed, burned, and possibly raped” in my city, it’s inevitable for me to ask why this crime doesn’t get the same amount of news coverage. To those who flooded my Timeline with their atrocious remarks vis-à-vis Kian’s death, your silence on this issue is so deafening.

Kian’s death is now being used to ignite the people to revolt against the President. I’m not surprised though; LP’s game plan has always involved playing with people’s emotions. Argumentum ad misericordiam. An appeal to pity. A fallacy in which someone exploits the feelings of pity or guilt to win support. They have done it before and they keep doing it again. Remember the melodramatic headline photo (pieta) published by Philippine Daily Inquirer on July 24, 2016? It’s the same strategy. Using the sentiments of the people brought about by this incident, it can be expected to see them staging a rally to demand President Duterte to step down. When that happens, don’t tell me you weren’t warned.

While I condemn the killing of innocents, I condemn even more those politicians who use this kind of situations to further their personal and/or political agenda. I condemn Leni Robredo and Risa Hontiveros for their audacity, which, by the way, involves maximized media coverage, to sympathize with the alleged criminals and for their failure to show the same amount of solicitude to the victims. Where were they during those several occasions when criminals killed the victims? I also condemn those personalities who urge the president to resign because of his imperfections. Who are they to reproach the more than 16 Million Filipinos who voted for him? Lastly, I condemn every drug syndicate, every politician and every policeman who is involved in drug business. For all we know, they may be the very same people who orchestrate the drug operations in order to protect themselves, with zero fear whatsoever that innocent lives may pay the price.

As citizens, it’s laudable to criticize, if and only if, our objective is to help the government achieve its goals. But if we criticize with the obvious manifestation that we only see the negative side of our current leaders and/or with the intention of changing the incumbent administration simply because we believe our political party is better, when in fact, that party has not done anything to alleviate this problem when it had its chance, then that is hypocrisy. And pride. And greed.
President Rodrigo Duterte | Photo CTTO
Photo CTTO

This war against drugs/narcopolitics is bloody as expected. We don’t live in an ideal world where absolute perfection exists. This is reality. And in the real world, nothing comes easy. There’s no shortcut to success. We stumble and fall, but we stand up. Humans are naturally reluctant to change, and thus we need a strong leader to facilitate such change. It’s hard to accommodate everyone’s desire to fit in a perfect circle. Maybe it’s much wiser to ask ourselves how we can support the government than to become a mere lookout waiting for it to fail. I said it before, and I will say it again, if this is what it takes in order to have a long-lasting safety, peace and economic growth for our country, then so be it.

God bless the Philippines!

Source: France Agbalog

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