Another Blog Post I Wrote For a Different Class
I actually had to write three blog posts about International Relations; one was about Trump’s Global Democracy Retreat, one was about North Korea’s Nuclear Bomb Testing and this one is about the Drug War in the Philippines. I thought the one about Trump and the one about the Drug War were the most applicable to this class, even though neither of them.. really.. are..
“Killings of Three Teens Prompts Public Scorn Over Duterte’s Philippine Drug War” by Nick Robins-Early in Huffington Post
This article is protests against President Rodrigo Duterte in regards to the anti-drug campaign, which has become increasingly violent. “Much of the outrage has stemmed from three highly publicized killings where police are alleged to have targeted young Filipinos and covered up their brutal murders” (Robins-Early).
I’m not going to write about the specifics of this conflict because honestly it’s gruesome and just really sad. Carl Arnaiz, one of the victims, was claimed to have died in a “shootout after attempting to rob a cab driver,” but reports showed that “he had been shot while on his knees and potentially tortured” (Robins-Early). Every time I think that police brutality is bad in the United States (I’m not at all claiming that it isn’t, because I agree that it is a real problem here) I’m going to think of what’s happening currently in the Philippines. “Public suspicion of police accounts in the drug war is common in the Philippines, and a poll released on Wednesday showed that about half of the country believes that many of those killed are neither drug dealers nor resisted arrest.”
Another article, “Philippines ‘War on Drugs’” (Links to an external site.) courtesy of Human Rights Watch, explains that “since taking office on June 30, 2016, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has carried out a “war on drugs” that has led to the deaths of over 7,000 Filipinos to date, mostly urban poor” (Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’). Research conducted by HRW (although I did no further investigation on this) suggests that police are “falsifying evidence to justify the unlawful killings,” but “Duterte has vowed to continue the campaign” (Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’).
Amnesty International researched Rachel Chhoa-Howard says “the drug war has spiraled out of control” and although I know very little about this issue except for the <1,000 words that I’ve read I fully agree. When children start to be targeted (“what we have seen is a sinister evolution in how children are targeted,” says Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director for HRW) and half the population suspect that police are involved in excessive brutality and its cover-up, something has to be done. And the fact that Duterte has not done anything about that issue and has decided to continue this war on drugs is a real problem.
Children and minors in general used to be “collateral” damage but “Kine says that the recent deaths highlight that police and vigilantes are also targeting minors” and “Although Duterte has promised an investigation into the killings and police are carrying our internal probes, rights groups believe that the government and security forces can’t be trusted to credibly hold themselves accountable” (Robins-Early). Kine also says that at this point, the United Nations’ involvement is urgent.
“Duterte and his allies have continuously supported the drug war ― often viciously objecting to human rights groups’ concerns ― and have attempted to crackdown on any dissent against their rule” (Robins-Early). Just because of who I am as a person and the views and opinions I hold as a Left-Libertarian, I have to throw in that I’m scared this is where our country is heading. Perhaps not to this extent and perhaps not in direct relation to a war on drugs, but I do think that Trump (there, I said it) wants what he wants and ignores or objects to anyone that thinks differently. I’m scared we’re headed for a dictatorship.
Anyway, forgive my extensive quoting and opinionated opinions.