Pacete: War on drugs 2018

THE year 2017 was just a “trial and error” stage for the total war on drugs. Small fishes were captured and some were killed for “drawing their guns first.” Some generals were named and they hibernated. Those identified drug lords had the choice of meeting their Creator. The “book on drugs” is still heavy with names. Let us wait for their “Judgment Day” in 2018.

War on drugs started with “Operation: Tokhang.” It was comparable to “witch hunting” or the infamous “Inquisition.” Somehow, it delivered positive effects and our government found out bluntly that we really lacked rehabilitation centers and experts to handle the cases of drug dependents. That was not funny.

The policemen were happy to do “wolf hunting” and small wolves were captured or killed based on their mandate “to serve and to protect.” Not all policemen are “good eggs.” Some turned out to be “bad eggs” because of their affiliation with the drug syndicate. President Digong was dismayed and General Bato burst. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was made to handle solely, but the agency got few foot soldiers to do the job.

In this “year of the dogs,” the policemen (selected only) have been tasked again to go back to the arena for a full scale drug war but still on top is PDEA. Although it’s hard to explain but that’s it.

Agencies like National Bureau Investigation, Liga ng mga Barangay, and other government departments will be involved in annihilating drug menace. El Presidente made a promise to beef up the salary of his “drug warriors.”

“War on drugs” is expected to be “always bloody.” If the enforcers are expected to protect the “flock of sheep” (the people) against the wolves (those engaged in drugs), then they have to manifest clearly whether they are “sheep” or “wolf.” We want this to be cleared up because the “sheep” cannot catch a wolf. It always takes a “wolf” to catch another “wolf.”

“War on drugs” is not just an ordinary police work. You need to work dirty to know the drug’s lair and the people there are not “religious.” They are immoral, corrupt, debauched, evil, lewd, wicked or a combination of all those. An intelligent policeman cannot apprehend a “drug person” inside the church or in a wedding reception. There is no drug business there.

Intelligent policemen need to be involved in a drug circle. They should have connection with drug dealers. They should have contacts among the drug users, prostitutes, smugglers, gun-for-hire groups, and even drug lords. It is weird but grotesque operations always involve these people.

If you have a suspect, you don’t pray with him but you threaten him, castigate him… or even kill him just to get the necessary information.

The underground works that way. To be in the “in-crowd,” you have to settle with your “superiors” who are secretly linked with the drug cartel. Drug cartel operators could be legitimate businessmen who operate far away from the “danger zone.” Those who lead the open business do not live in the Philippines. They are in China, Hong Kong or in Europe. They have runners, sub-runners, and professional dealers.

These professional dealers are usually sons and daughters whose parents are in “important positions” in the government or legitimate business world. They supply “imported party drugs” to celebrities, college students from the elite families, and rich people who are seeking thrills. Big time sex dens have also their regular supply of these “heaven drugs.”

By simple mathematics and quantum leap, we can always conclude that “War on Drugs 2018” is not only anchored on "shabu," but we have also to consider solid and liquid drugs from abroad. Could just this be the work of the regular policemen? No! Our policemen assigned on “drug war” should have four balls and should not be afraid to lose three.

An intelligent operative has no choice but to kill his contact even his “mole” if needed to come up with a good cover up. “War on drugs” is a survival and in a “worst case scenario,” you have to sacrifice even your fellow operatives. In here, there is no permanent partnership…only personal interest. If an operative is involved in drug trading, he has also to consider his personal monetary gain from a “friendly drug lord” at the expense of a “rival drug lord.”

The policy is “kill some, win some and emerge as a hero”… forget your soul and religion. In this “drug business,” an operative should have nine lives and at least an extra wife. If your enemies cannot kill you, they will kill your wife, children and friends. In this kind of work, you always have to strive “to live another day.”

If you don’t believe me (and I don’t expect), please consider my idea on “War on Drugs” a midnight fiction. At least, I have informed you and you are properly entertained at your own discretion. Please, don’t take this seriously.
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