According to PNP (Philippine National Police) Chief General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, the results of the continuing battle over the war on drugs are satisfactory, in a recent news press conference.
Bato added that the problems that really did came along the way were immediately solved and that there is always a remedy, given enough attention through the long way.
The campaign’s success was measured and judged by what the public has been saying about it.
“Go out in the streets, ask people if they feel safe. If they [say they do], then we’re successful. If they [say they don’t], then we’re a failure.I can proudly tell you: People in the streets say they do feel safer now.” He added.
27 percent decrease in the index crimes over the past year was mentioned by Dela Rosa. This only means that most of the crimes can be considered drug-related. He also said that if you attack the drug problem, the crime problem will also decrease. Therefore, safe to conclude that drug is the root cause or the one who fuels crime commitment.
President Rodrigo Duterte has full control of the drug war as he began office just last year. It was his most assured promise to comply in his first 6 months as the President, to totally terminate drug trade in the country.
Despite the best intentions behind this government crusade, there are still those who oppose and question this efforts believing that the human rights of those involved or some victims of the killings were violated and this number of killings are recognized to have increased sharply over the last year making it a major concern in the field.
Security forces or Authorities are mostly the ones accountable for the notable human rights concerns in the country, including harassment, extrajudicial killings, sudden disappearances, illegal arrests and abuse.
Doubt on the President’s ruling or implementation of the said campaign were raised by different critics not only in the Philippines, but around the world as well, pointing on different angles of suspicious flaws especially on the “tokhang” part of the campaign. Also on how most of the raids end up on the death of the civilians or alleged drug related person.
Yet, the healthy Campaign of the war on drugs has been wounded by the dirty participation and involvement of some police in the drug trade and even possible, in some drug-related murder.
The very controversial case of kidnapping and murder of a Korean entrepreneur and businessman by the narcs last year was considered the lowest point in the campaign on war on drugs according to Dela Rosa. This urged President Duterte to eliminate and stop the campaign. Also, the Philippine National Police antinarcotics unit was disassembled.