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Nobody Personally Knows

Preparati la bara! Terence Hillhow many addicts the Philippines has. Did President Duterte recently say “My Name is Nobody”? No, he just said “you do not contradict your own government” (link) and fired the head of the Dangerous Drugs Board for saying 1.8 million instead of Duterte’s 4 million.

Nobody knows the basis for Duterte’s 4 million. The number of so-called drug surrenderees in the over 42 thousand barangays is “only” a million (link), so will more come out of the woodworks? Could it be that they have to be driven out of there by the shots of pistols?

Numbers and Beliefs

The 1.8 million are based on a survey of DDB from 2015 with 5000 respondents (link) “of whom 4,694 (94%) said they never used drugs, while 306 (6%) used drugs at least once in their lifetime. Meanwhile, 113 (2.3%) were “current users” or used drugs..” 

The article continues: “Applying these rates to the 77.22 million people aged 10-69 in 2015, one can conclude that there are about 4.63 million people who used drugs at least once in their lifetime (6% of 77.22 million) and 1.8 million current users (2.3% of 77.22 million).”

Now if you go by Duterte’s negative view of people – there are enough Filipinos who think the same way – I can imagine the reasoning: “once an addict, always an addict”, so 4 million it is, BASTA SINABI KO! There are enough reports of evidence being planted, of people getting on the barangay lists and made to surrender inspite of not being drug users. Of course there is the typical Filipino mentality that refuses to believe in innocent until proven guilty. Guess the Church idea of original sin really stuck.

The Blameless Ones

are of course always the higher ups in the Philippines, and those who strive to bask in the glory of being the supporters of the current powers that be. Sinfulness is projected to the other side, and the danger of the other side is exaggerated while the own side can do no wrong. I wonder how many secret Muslims and Jews Grand Inquisitor Tomas de Torquemada estimated back in the days. Even converts were suspected of not being real Christians in his time. Somewhat like former drug users.

The next bogeyman is terrorism, but Philippine Graphic editor-in-chief Joel Pablo Salud very rightly warns:  (link): “terror organizations rely [on convincing] you that the government cannot be trusted”. So do crime organizations for that matter, recruiting in ghettos and among persecuted minorities. There used to be secret dialects in Europe, known as thieves’ cant (link) spoken by groups of people outside the walls of cities, deprived of the opportunities and the respect of being true citizens.

Acting With Sense

is to stop all the mad crusades going on and concentrate on dealing with things efficiently and rationally. Set priorities. Get the big fish first, and I don’t mean De Lima. Watch the small fish to get to the big fish. This can mean tapping phones and monitoring bank transfers – how about getting rid of excessive bank secrecy (link)? And last but not least build TRUST in the government and in the system. A hard sell. Everybody has to have personal knowledge of being respected. And having opportunities.

Irineo B. R. Salazar

München, 27. May 2017

6 comments to Nobody Personally Knows

  • karlgarcia

    Plus the National ID was in the news before ML.
    That is also a must.

    Chemrock mentioned something like Muslims committed to the State must report something suspicious, but in the Philippines, you can not gave that due to family ties.

    • karlgarcia

      Ok, here is the exerpt.

      “Islamic terrorism can only be combatted by Muslim communities committed to state wellbeing who are thus prepared to report on anything suspicious within their own community. All problems which had been nipped in the bud in Spore were due to relatives or friends who reported to authorities. This is the first line of defence which has failed everywhere in the world, including Philippines.”

      • I am skeptical about that.. that is something which places an entire community under general suspicion – not really inclusive.

        BTW in Germany there is not only the right not to answer self-incriminating questions, but also what could incriminate relatives.

        First degree only: parents, children, siblings.. probably as a safeguard against state organs pressuring families.

        In the Philippines, think not only state, think kotong and hulidap, think Mayor Espinosa and son, think corruption.

        You always have to balance between order and freedom, and keeping social consensus, not turning entire groups into outlaws.

  • karlgarcia

    Build trust by telling everyone that their phone are tapped,and their bank transactions are being monitored.
    Joke only.

    • Joke aside, those measures are SOP in USA and EU, with limitations based on Court Orders. There has to be an investigation and probable cause first. Not just monitor everybody.

      They are the weapons of choice against international terrorism and criminal syndicates, where painstaking intelligence work is required to find the capos.
      Better than the very probably planted shabu sachets (on the street) and also very likely false witnesses (against De Lima) in the Philippines.

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