Some people have been alarmed by President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte’s positions on drug abuse, addiction, and human rights — and the criticism aimed at the Philippines from the United Nations, the European Union, the U.S., Human Rights Watch and others.
What many people in the world have come to understand is this: addiction is a long term, chronic illness that can be corrected and even cured — but the treatment often has to be prolonged and may be costly.
We decided to ask professionals is the drug addiction treatment world what they think about Philippine President Duterte’s nation-wide, coordinated effort to end drug addiction in the Philippines.
A surprising number of the health care professionals said to us, “You can’t kill your way into a drug free world (or nation). As we are seeing in the Philippines, as the bodies pile up, more drug addicts are found and the police will likely find themselves in the business of un-ending murder.”
We only looked into this matter following news stories from the Philippines saying over 3,000 human beings have already been slaughtered in President Duterte’s assault on his own people. Add to that a news story that the addicted in the Philippines are being treated by a “once a week, Zumba aerobics program” supervised by the police and a news story that the President of the Philippines has said the drug addicted are “not human beings.”
Philippine President Wants 6 More Months for War on Drugs, Crime — But Nobody Knows How Many Dead Bodies Will Be Piled Up Before Its Over — Officials said there are about 3.7 million drug addicts in the Philippines — Do They All Get Killed?
From The New York Times, September 5, 2016, Title: “In Philippine Drug War, Little Help for Those Who Surrender”
Rayzabell Bongol, an 18-year-old mother and methamphetamine user, was afraid to die in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines. So she turned herself in to the police. They made her sign a pledge that she would never take illegal drugs again, then sent her home.
Once a week now, she is expected to attend a police-sponsored Zumba dance workout, where she gets a health check and a meal. Mr. Duterte “promised change,” she said at a recent class as three dozen other recovering addicts bopped and swayed to a blaring Latin beat. “As you can see, I am changing.”
the government is proving woefully unprepared to help the flood of users pledging to kick their habits, leaving almost all of them to battle addiction largely on their own. The country’s meager drug treatment facilities have been overwhelmed, creating a new crisis for Mr. Duterte as he presses ahead with his violent campaign to rid the nation of drug dealers.
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The below article is from the United Nations in 2011:
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for treatment and counselling for drug addicts. “Drug-dependent people should not be treated with discrimination; they should be treated by medical experts and counsellors. Drug addiction is a disease, not a crime,” Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the 2011 World Drug Report at UN Headquarters in New York 23 June.
The Secretary-General said that out of 210 million illicit drug users alive in the world today, some 200,000 people died each year. “Every three minutes, someone dies from this preventable disease. These numbers add up to a global tragedy.”
Mr Ban said that he took up the issue of drug trafficking in his meetings with world leaders and senior officials. “I urge them to cooperate to stop the traffickers.”
“Traffickers break more than the law. They break the human spirit. They fuel terrorism and insurgency. They rob societies of peace.”
He added that he had recently established a Task Force to explore what more the United Nations could do through UN Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding operations – through development activities, and through disarmament work; a comprehensive and integrated approach was essential. The Secretary-General said that he depended largely on the leadership and expertise of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime which he said carried out life-saving activities in many countries around the globe.
“We were all reminded of the importance of this work, and the dangers involved, when four UNODC staff members and their pilots were killed in a plane crash last month in Bolivia. I offer my deepest sympathies to the families.”
Drug users aren’t human, says Philippines’ Duterte
From August 28, 2016
Manila (AFP) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is waging a bloody war on crime, has justified the large-scale killing of drug users by suggesting the victims were not human.
Duterte, who has seen about two thousand people killed since he was elected in May, made the remarks late Friday as he shrugged off the United Nations’ concerns over human rights in his country.
“Crime against humanity? In the first place, I’d like to be frank with you: are they humans? What is your definition of a human being?” he told soldiers while visiting an army camp, according to transcripts of his speech released afterwards.
“Human rights? Use it properly in the right context if you have the brains,” he added.
“You cannot wage a war without killing,” Duterte said, adding that many drug users were beyond rehabilitation.
His remarks came after various UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June condemned his apparent support for extra-judicial killings.
The UN special rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, said earlier this month that his directives “amount to incitement to violence and killing, a crime under international law”.
Many in the international community have offered to assist the Philippines in finding ways to treat the addicted in efforts and ways proven to work — leading to productive, formerly addicted workers. It is sometimes a long and costly process but many human being can and do escape from drug addiction and become wonderful additions to family, community and life around the world.
The Philippines should allow the United Nations to review what is going on in the “drug war” in the Philippines. Other nations have had to make tough decisions about how to handle the problems of illegal drugs. But not one nation in the world has had 3,000 dead and bloody corpses after just a few months. Add to that President Duterte’s reputation as the top man using Death Squads in Davao, and his love and admiration for dictator Ferdinand Marcos — and the people have a right to find out what the government they elected is really up to…
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