I wanted to write about this weeks ago. But with work and family visiting from outside the country, the said thought took a back seat. Until now.
Our President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, (used to be the Mayor of Davao City, where I live most of the time) is facing the drug cartels head on. With the help of the Philippine National Police and its head, Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, we are winning this sordid fight. It has only been 56 days since the new President gave an order to stop the drug cartels at all cost. And the Philippines has recovered billions of drugs already during by bust operations. Some were in laboratories, some were buried in the ground and some were in a ship docked near our ports. Some were even in the New Bilibid Prison. Yes, inside the penitentiary, where prisoners are supposed to give penance for what they have done. In our country though, NBP became a drug den. Business continues as usual.
This menace has obviously been going on for decades in our country. They have taken their deep roots within the government itself down to the ordinary Filipinos living in the slum areas. Included in the payroll to protect these drug lords are generals, judges, government officials (mayors and the likes) , government employees and other private citizens.
We, the 91% percent of the Filipinos who voted for the President, are behind him all the way. Why?
Because we have seen the effect of how terrible a narco state is. Yes, the Philippines has become a Narco State. Let us not be naive to think otherwise. Our previous leaders have allowed it to be so.
Because we , the Filipino people, who are mostly tired of rhetorics given by politicians , promising us heaven and earth during elections but forget about us when seated in power want peace and order.
Because we do not want the children of this country, to grow up thinking that it is okay to become drug addicts. With one teacher caught a few days ago having stocks of shabu, imagine the danger that the children face on a daily basis…
Because we do not want our friends and relatives to continuously get raped, robbed and murdered by drugs addicts who are desperate to finance their addiction.
Because we hate fearing for our lives.
Because with the drug monies in our country, it has corrupted our government and our government officials.
Because with the drug monies in our country, proliferation of guns has become rampant as well.
I can go on and on. But I am sure you get the drift.
And now that we are slowly gaining victory over this war on drugs, the Philippines and our President are on the limelight. Some human rights group depict him as a mass murderer and a mentally deranged individual who is on a killing spree.
(Photo Credits to dutertenews.com)
The pictures below were taken outside the Philippine Embassy in New York. While I respect the rights of these people to rally, I feel disgusted over the irresponsibility of those that are behind this.
Feeding this wrong information to the rest of the world is akin to killing the future of our children. It is unjust and unfair to the Filipino people.
To set the record straight, let me elaborate:
- President Duterte’s order was to go all out on drugs. If the drug addicts, pushers, dealers and their bosses surrender, then they will be rehabilitated. But if they fight during by bust operations and will put the polices’ lives in danger, then they have an order to shoot. To kill. If necessary.
My question is – if you are a policeman and your life is in danger during said raids, what will you do? Just stand there and wait for the bullets to hit you? I am sure not. So there were few of these drug pushers who died on a shoot out. And there were policemen who suffered the same fate as well.
So how come nobody talks about the policemen that died? Were they of lesser importance? Do the families they’ve left in this world don’t matter?
2. The cartels are cleaning up. They do not want proof of course. So what do they do? Kill their own so they cannot talk. Sounds like a movie plot. It might be to you. And to the rest of the world. But well, it is a reality that we Filipinos have to deal with.
And so to reiterate, there is no Extra Judicial Killings as what is being reported to the world. NO. NONE. NIL. NOTHING.
With all these media attention we are getting these days, it is imperative that we should speak our mind. We do not care what you think of us. But we care for our President.
This is the first time in Philippine history when a government leader loves his people enough to give his life literally for his contituents. No one had the guts to face these cartels for decades. Only now. And we welcome the change.
We do not need those that are looking from the outside , who do not even have an inkling as to how it is to live in a third world country , feeling sorry for us, judging us and worst, pretend to care for us by rallying against our President. In the hope that he is ousted. So the previous government can take the seat of power again.
PLEASE DON’T. STOP , WE BEG YOU.
With your actions, you are doing us a disservice. You are doing us more harm than good.
If indeed our President gets ousted, the Philippines will go back again to the dump it was in. Again.
Have you heard of the billions of donations for Typhoon Haiyan lost? The unexplained donations that didn’t go to the victims until now? The donations that were supposed to rebuild their houses and their livelihood?
Who haven’t heard of ISIS? I am sure all of us do. Well, we have them in the Philippines now. What about the Abu Sayaff Group, have you heard of them? We have them too.
Have you heard of that airport bullet scam? Where foreigners and locals alike are victimized in the airports by getting bullets planted in their luggages to extort monies?
If you have not heard of these things, then google it. Do your own research so you will understand where we are coming from. Don’t just believe what the media is feeding you. Most of them do not care about the people. The be-all and end-all for some of them is the money they get from the top bidder. We are just a pawn to their game, in other words.
Our President is cleaning up our country, which is long overdue. And we the Filipino people , welcome the change.
This said, I hope that you will heed our request. Leave us alone. Do whatever it is you do with your lives. But please leave us alone.
The Filipinos are intelligent, well educated , hardworking and mostly honest people. We just got tainted because corruption ruled our government for the longest time.
Now we have the chance to have this changed. Now we have the chance to truly live a peaceful life. Now we have the chance to raise our children in a better environment. Now we have the chance to have the poor , benefit from the government… And more.
But you, who do not know the real score, are jeopardizing the real change that we have longed for. That we are longing for.
So please grant us this. Leave us alone. And allow us to enjoy the change that we want.