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Friday, January 13, 2017

Rafael Alunan III slams Winnie Monsod: We won't beat drugs if we keep saying we can't

Former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III lambasted Winnie Monsod about her Philippine Daily Inquirer column saying that the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte against illegal drugs will fail.
Monsod cited some similarities between Thailand’s war against drugs with Duterte’s, proving that an iron fist could not eradicate narcotics.

The first war on drugs was started in 2003 by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, at the behest of the King (the late Bhumibol Adulyadej). Thaksin said he would do it in three months, and then extended the time frame to eight months, but then was waging it all the way until he abruptly left office. Does that sound familiar?” she asked.

Even if we achieve “success” (rather doubtful), there will still be negative long-term impacts: the return, or at least the reinforcement, of the culture of impunity, particularly in the police force, and, relatedly, the isolation of the police and military from the people, with the latter’s growing suspicion and resentment of the former,” she said.

Meanwhile, Alunan on his Facebook account, shared an article about Monsod's statement and defended Duterte.

"We won't beat drugs if we keep saying we can't," Alunan said.

He said that we will beat drugs if both government and society work together.
Read the full post of Mr. Rafael Alunan III below:

"We won't beat drugs if we keep saying we can't. Defeatism is like aiding and abetting this deadly trade. We will beat drugs if both the government and society come together to extinguish it by addressing the supply and demand ends of the business equation.

"Government addresses supply, society addresses demand. Government in the exercise of good governance; society in the exercise of responsible citizenship. It's called "whole-of-nation" approach with unity of purpose to save our children's future. Di ba?"

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