WITH the skyrocketing number of self-confessed and arrested drug pushers and users, the government seems to have drawn the all-out support of the Filipino people.
It is no wonder, therefore, that President Rodrigo R. Duterte is determined to wipe out illegal drug problem during the first six months of his six-year administration.
Many quarters said that Duterte’s assumption of the presidency last June 30 was the turning point in the national government’s fight against the dreaded “drug monster.”
“Sabi ko, kawawa talaga itong Pilipinas. And so, lalabas ako dito (na) medyo kontrabida…but there is no way to stop it (fight) now,” said the hard-hitting Duterte.
It will be recalled that during the heated election campaign period, Duterte vowed to wipe out the illegal drug menace in six months time.
Duterte said that when he assumed the top political post of the land, he was appalled by the number of drug dependents in this graft-prone and impoverished nation.
He described the magnitude of the drug trade as “not just a pandemic thing but already a crisis pestering the country.”
Two years ago, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the law enforcement arm of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), said there were already three million drug addicts in the country.
Today, considering the length of time, there must have been incremental increase, according to Duterte, a long-time Davao City mayor and the first Chief Executive from Mindanao.
And everyone expects the current administration, which ends on June 30, 2022, to intensify the nationwide campaign against drug traffickers, dealers and even users.
As Duterte said, he is staking his honor, his life and the presidency in the total war against the “drug monster,” which is acknowledged as the country’s number one enemy.