By Allan M. Mediante
Editor in Chief
Real Numbers show what have been factually and seriously accomplished. It is sheer reality and not a drumbeat of fake news. Real numbers is the essence of truth because one cannot make a claim of the reality of 2 when the number is really 5. In the lotto gambler’s street parlance, 2 is the “sindikato of 5,” or 3 the sindikato of 8; 6 of 9 and 4 of 7.
Have we ever wondered why the streets have been quiet these past few months? The Anti-Drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte bared the real numbers: Of the 4 million drug users as of April 20, this year, one million two hundred sixty-six thousand nine hundred sixty-six have surrendered, thus a reduction of 26.45 percent of the estimated P120 billion total drug market.
Eighty-eight thousand nine hundred forty (88,940) drug pushers have already surrendered to various law enforcement agencies.
These were hard data presented during the Live Forum on : “RealNumberPh” PTV4, Radyo ng Bayan and Facebook, at Crown Plaza, Ortigas, Quezn City, in the afternoon of May 2, this year.
Presented by PCOO, PNP, PDEA, DOH , DSWD and Radyo Ng Bayan, the forum dubbed: “Do not be fooled by Fake Numbers,” said the factual numbers showed that there is a 28.57 percent reduction in index crimes., from 134,958 in the period July 2015 - March 2016, to only 96,398 committed in the period July 2016 - March 2017.
These are the correct figures related to the government’s anti-drug campaign according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police.
We cannot deny that the drug problem in the country is very serious. Four ( 4 ) million users means P120 billion of Filipino families’ money were uselessly spent on drugs by the drug users according to PDEA statistics. But the CHR, the UN and other International bodies never believed this because according to critics, some spin doctors are paid to deny the truth.
“That’s one of their (sponsor of spin doctors) strategies to mess-up the minds of the whole so that it would be easy to control the country, to enslave the Filipino people in their own land.
They wont accept this fact that from July 1, 2016 to April 20, this year, there were 53,503 operations launched in the Duterte drug war; 64,917 people arrested but only 2,692 died during the anti-drug operations, while the authorities have facilitated the surrender of 1,266,966, PDEA’s data claimed.
Of the 9,432 homicide cases which were under investigation, 1,847 are drug-related or 19.6%; and 1,894 are non-drug related or 29.1%; and 5,691 cases are still under investigation. If almost one half of homicide cases are drug-related, this is already a sign of the seriousness of the country’s drug problem. Drugs should now be treated as a real threat to national security. Therefore, waging a war against it is in the right order.
A very Serious Problem
PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña, in his presentation during the “RealNumbersPH” forum, stressed on the negative impact of the drug problem to the country. “Over all, the drug problem has negative impact to the nation as a whole. The drug problem is now considered a national security threat because it destroys the youth, families and community thereby endangering the future of the country.
The anti-Duterte’s drug war minions are using the term Extra-Judicial Killings (EJK) “to ingrain the idea that all the deaths are perpetrated by the current administration to grab power , “they went beyond mere “discredit” and into a downright international power-grab campaign to bring the International Narco Allies and Manpower Organization (or INAMO) back in power,” according to a blogger.
They are ignoring the fact that drug abuse is a mental health problem. Department of Health Sec. Paulyn Jean B. Russel Ubial has declared: “We consider drug abuse a mental health problem.” With the estimated 4 million drug users who are potential mental health patients, we can only think of the unthinkable tragedies that may occur in the streets, the homes and public places. A person with a mental health problem is prone to commit gruesome and criminal acts.
Think of these examples of tragedies committed by drug addicts: Rape of family members - daughters, mothers, grand-daughters and even grandmothers. Killing, mutilating hapless babies, and other family members. Think of the potential 4 million mentally-deranged drug addicts who could be potential criminals lurking on our own homes, and neighborhoods. Do we treat this gangrenous, flesh-eating wound with “band-aid”? Of course you have to cut-it off from the body, much the same as diabetics are.
If you want Duterte’s Drug War carried out with a smile and a pat on the shoulder, then prepare for the attack of 4 million zombies.
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