Journalist slams the high and mighty for refusing to see the drug problem as a problem

A journalist connected with Radyo Inquirer slams the high and mighty for refusing to see the drug problem as a problem.

In his Facebook post, journalist Ira Panganiban lamented that the Philippines has become a narco-state because of various factors that encourage the drug business to thrive.

The former ABS-CBN reporter cited 4 factors that contributed to the thriving illegal drug trade in the country.

Mr. Panganiban opened his post by defining the word ‘narco-state’ for the benefit of the netizens.

Check out the full text of his below:

Narco-State : that nation that has drug syndicates running majority of its leaders and politicians to their tune. Where state policy is made conducive for the existence and comfort of these drug syndicates.

In the Philippines, we are seeing this as it is brutally bared by the current President. Police Generals, Mayors, Governors, Judges all the way down to Patrolmen, Firemen, Barangay Captains and Tanods are involved.

And when we say involved it does not mean simply selling and using drugs. Protecting the syndicates, turning a blind eye and receiving money from these syndicates is already being involved.

I said our nation is a very conducive place for drug syndicates because of national policy. One policy is the refusal to impose the death penalty. There are countries like Singapore and Thailand that impose the death penalty only for drugs and heinous crimes. I have heard the arguments against it and they are all valid if we were a mature nation like the US or Europe. Sadly we are not.

Our policy of encouraging overseas employment is another. So many of our OFW’s are offered to courier drugs to their destinations for huge sums of money. Money they have actually spent on employment agencies that process their papers. Money their family can use while they start off somewhere far and lonely. They are victims we don’t even have the structure to protect. Yet encourage them to leave for the dollars they send home and the revenue the state gets from them.

A culture of impunity. Where those in power barely get punished for their crimes. At best they get charged and cases forgotten or suffer a slap on the wrist. At worse, judges in cahoots with them simply dismiss the case.

Our culture of the extended family, which has been one of our hallmarks in familial relationship, is now also becoming our downfall. Because a cousin, brother, uncle, godfather, godson, kumpare, kinakapatids need to be helped irregardless. Never mind if they are actually guilty, the family name, relations and associations must not be smeared so protect them at all cost.

Of course there is also the fact that the high and mighty refuse to see the problem as a problem. Because when they do, then they will have to admit that they failed their children.

Do you agree with Mr. Panganiban’s analysis?

Credits to Ira Panganiban

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