Pacete: War on drugs: Shoot fast and shoot first

THE “War on Drugs” is now a classic program of the Duterte administration based on the best effort of the President to have a solution to the drug menace.

President Digong has now realized that drug war cannot just be ended in “many months”. Drug cartel is here to stay because there is big money in drug business.

Even the Drug Enforcement Agency (Pdea) is saying that all 61 barangays in Bacolod are not drug-free. That simply goes to show that drug traders are so organized that they have connections from the top up to the barangay level.

That could be the reason why there is an order that local government units should activate the Barangay Drug Abuse Council (Badac).

This may sound funny because we have just realized that our Badac does not have a “dedicated campaign” against illegal drugs. If no one is serious, we are bound to repeat history (drug events) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, and the entire country.

Policemen now have “good salary”. Will it motivate them to be serious in their war on drugs? That could be the other way around. The drug lords are also giving our policemen “better allowance”.

I believe there is a need for President Digong’s men to change strategy.

If the policemen in the “bushel” (just like the apples) have been contaminated, then it is now the right time to choose the policemen from the “apple tree” (not from the bushel).

We have to identify “new enforcers” for the drug war from the training schools, the best, the brightest, the sharp shooter, the astute, and the committed. (Those with background on “gangsterism” should be considered).

This is not a desperate move. I call it the “Malone Theory”. Malone was a simple, old but good policeman who taught federal agent Eliot Ness how to beat the mob headed by Al Capone, the gangland kingpin who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago.

Malone told Ness, “Shoot fast and shoot first”.

Malone was toying with the idea that after Eliot Ness has assembled his “The Untouchables”, there should be “no retreat, no surrender confrontation”.

Malone advised Ness, “When you fight for the people, there should be no turning back. The fight could be bloody and it will send some of your men to hospital, just be sure that you send your enemies to the morgue, better still if your men go home alive”.

Al Capone controlled some of the officials of Chicago, some policemen were his protectors and many “zipped” their mouth and received regular allowances.

The judges, the best lawyers, and the jury were included in his payroll. The newspaper men were provided “fake news” to make it appear that Al Capone was a friendly, legitimate businessman.

He would always invite the social society to attend his lavish parties.
We don’t like extra judicial killing because it violates human rights but we don’t want also to have a generation of drug addicts.

The creation of “The Untouchables” should be considered to reach out to drug lords who are perceived to be sponsors for charity works, patrons of the arts, promoters of inventions, angels of boys’ and girls’ home, and benefactors of poor but deserving students.

We also know that some drug “big wigs” are playing the role of Robin Hood in depressed communities. Our law enforcers could not just penetrate easily because of the community networking to protect this wolf in sheep’s clothing.

This could be the proper time for our government to create a larger-than-life strategy to stop illegal drugs. We have to create our “Ness” and “Malone”.

This could always be possible if the highest officials running the government have not been contaminated or have been a part of the cartel.

We want to see the next move of our leaders in Bacolod and in the province. To be serious in a drug war, we need hearts and balls of steel. This is a fight between good and evil.

Shooting fast and first could not be just that easy because the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and President Digong are already shooting “words” at each other. We have to man up for more actions and this is coming soon! Is it worth trying? Someone has to decide!
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