Tell it to SunStar: My take on Duterte’s drug war

CONTROVERSIES on Duterte’s drug war do not only sprout from the human rights activists’ protests grounded on the sanctity of life but also from the issues arising from the manner the war on drugs is carried out. A different raison d’etre flows not only from the theists but also from the atheists. Popular among these atheist human rights activists are the arguments bearing resemblance with the logic of Anton Chekov’s “The Bet” and Thomas Paine’s “Rights of Man.” The former says that one cannot give back life once it is taken away while the former argues on founding a peaceful and orderly society from a fair and just way. Chekov shows us the philosophic examination between life imprisonment and capital punishment (in the case of President Duterte’s war on drugs: rehabilitative justice or extrajudicial killing?) without appealing to something metaphysical like the existence of an almighty being who orders the society’s repressive state apparatuses through the country’s elected president. To say that the authority decides and/or God provides is already outdated as the Progressive school of thought in history debunks the Providential. A clearer take on the President’s war on drugs cannot be done in a personal view without dealing with the material condition where one can see the real consequences by looking beyond the comfort zone. Following Thomas Paine, a popular political revolution is permissible in a situation where the state no longer promotes and protects the natural rights of its citizenry. How can the state assure the citizens’ natural rights (recognized by both philosophy and the Constitution) if the founding of a peaceful and safe society is the unjust killing of its citizenry? Through the Marxist lens, it is a class war, i.e. President Duterte’s war on drugs is a war against the poor (though there are rich victims they happen to be derailed in the political journey.) The self-serving power is not the source of determining the definition of natural rights.

Another controversy arises from the Machiavellians’ questioning the fate of Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, Peter Co and other drug personalities. The first is a confessed drug dealer. The second is identified by PDEA and the PNP. The third is a convicted drug lord. A more controversial fact is the duration of silence for three months after the dismissal of the case against these three and more than 15 others. Dramatized with the punching of the Malacañang wall, who bought the story after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre was appointed to the SSS board. A juicer controversy before General Albayalde is five police generals linked by President Duterte to the drug syndicate. What happened? The answer is a litany of controversy, e.g. Philip Salvador’s sister, Usec. Martin Diño’s brother-in-law, the two Faeldons, Richard Tan...

A specter is haunting the President’s war on drugs and the specter is controversies.

As to the President as an instrument of the Almighty, what else should I say? It’s the 21st century! (Noe Santillan)


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