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Incurable human rights addiction

05:05 AM August 21, 2017

President Duterte’s un-Christian and inhumane “kill pa more” directive won’t work.

It reminds me of what Gen. Jacob “Howling” Smith cruelly ordered his men in Balangiga in 1901. Now Digong even says we incorrigible and undiscourageable human rights addicts are in the line of fire.

A messy, bloody, hard-line violent policy against druggies has not worked anywhere. Not in Colombia, not in Thailand, not in Myanmar. Has anyone in the civilized world copied his
brutal approach after more than a year of his flopped bloody road show?


We have become the Wild Wild East, following the law of the jungle, if I may mix my metaphor.

It is not as if Digong had built a better mousetrap with the world beating a path to his door. He has to stop playing God deciding who would live and who would die and revisit his failed antipoor policy by medicalizing and pharmaceuticalizing the problem as basically a health issue. He can start with medical
marijuana as discussed in the Inquirer last Aug. 16 and 17. Edifying.

As a Frenchman would explain why he kisses a woman’s hand, “mon ami, you’ve to start somewhere.”

R.A.V. SAGUISAG, Palanan, Makati City

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