DESPITE the killings of thousands of low-life drug suspects, 20,000 to 22,000 so far, and still counting, per police statistics, and the deaths in the hands of the police of a handful of high profile drug suspects, the drug menace remains as robust as it was when President Duterte assumed office July 1 of 2016.
This is not to belittle the Duterte administration’s resolve to stamp out the drug problem for indeed this problem had already reached alarming proportions. But all of us are living witnesses to the fact that so far after a little over more than two years in office, the administration is still groping in the dark and seem not still seeing any light at the end of the tunnel as far as ridding the country with illegal drugs is concerned.
This columnist remembered writing a piece where we said the drug problem can’t be licked by simply employing the most expedient method, killing the suspects. For every suspect killed, two or more will take over their vacated post because drugs have become the poor man’s solution to their seemingly insurmountable challenges in life.
Majority of the populace, undeniably, are in abject poverty, meaning, they are living that kind of life where they could hardly make both ends meet. They are the ones social scientists say members of society who unfortunately have no option in life.
Their only option, if it can ever be considered an option, is to be mired in abject poverty all their life because unluckily they have no means to change their condition. Drugs thus become their best and only refuge from the injustice of being confined to perpetual poverty which by whatever measure is so cruel.
Of course, this point is never acceptable to those who have all the options in life. The option-less lot are then viewed by them as being defeatist in their outlook as if they have tried living the kind of life those living in abject poverty are having. Truth is, those in such a miserable condition if given the chance to have a better life they will never hesitate to accept it.
For who in his right mind will ever choose the life of a poor person with no other choice in life but be poor and be in perpetual suffering and misery? If given the chance, all will choose full and abundant life as promised to all by the God in the Judeo-Christian bible.
The absence of any option to better their life, expectedly the poor will just squander their life for in truth and in fact what they have is not life. What they have is a life that knows and experiences nothing but hell. This is the irony of the poor man’s life. It is literally hell here on earth. So can you blame them for giving up life by living a hellish life mired in drugs?
Honestly, I don’t. That is why I do not agree to the notion that these low life people be erased from the face of the earth for being unworthy to be part of humanity. In the first place, their station in life is not their choice. They are merely victims of life’s injustices.
Will it not be the height of injustice then if the victims of injustice are killed since they are society’s low life people?
But recently the killings shifted gear. The targets are not just society’s low life anymore. It now involves elective local officials. And their killings can be said to have been carried out not just to kill but that their killing should instill fear in the heart of everyone including the rest of the elective local officials.
Is it not true that a citizenry cowering in fear can easily be manipulated to behave and act according to political intentions of the wielders of power? Could all these killings then not be related to the desire to shift to a new form of government? Just trying to ask aloud here so that we will all start doing critical thinking to understand what is going on in our country today. (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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