Many so-called “human rights” workers have criticised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs while curiously they have said nothing of the fact that dangerous criminals whose drug of choice is Shabu, a dangerous methamphetamine, are behind a wave of violent crime ranging from mass murder, bodily mutilation, the taking of hostages, mass rape, the rape of the elderly, child rape and even infant rape.
The drug problem in The Philippines has for years represented a threat to the human rights of normal citizens who lived in fear of violent drug gangs, dealers, drug users and corrupt officials from politicians to police who were on the take from the narcotics trade.
Duterte was elected on a promise to put an end to normal Filipinos being victimised by a violent death culture that sprung from drugs use, dealing and trafficking. His decades of success in tackling the drug problem in the southern Philippine city of Davao convinced national voters to give Duterte the opportunity to test his methods at a national level. The results have thus far been praised by ordinary Filipinos who now feel safer in their homes and on the streets throughout the nation, ever since Duterte’s victory in the 2016 Presidential election.
The fact that nothing was said about the human rights of normal Filipinos whose lives were destroyed by having to live around drugs and the crime, perversion, violence and terrorism they cause, is as clear a sign as any that the so-called ‘human rights workers’ are simply another tool at the disposal of the neo-colonial powers in their mission to undermine President Duterte on the basis of his foreign policy, rather than his domestic policy.
While many of Duterte’s foreign backed domestic opponents as well as those from abroad continue to lie about the actual numbers of arrests, shootings and state funded rehabilitation of offenders, Real Number PH continues to publish information regarding the accurate statistics pertaining to the war on drugs.
The following infographic shows the most up to date statistics on the drug war from the time Duterte took office until mid-May of this year:
The statistics show that there were 33 times more successful arrests of suspected drug traffickers, dealers and users than there were killings. This is in line with Duterte’s stance that officers should prioritise the arrest of offenders, but as in line with international policing standards, if the offender in question is a danger to bystanders or officers, the reasonable use of lethal force becomes necessary.
The individuals killed in such situations are typically heavily armed narco-gangsters who refuse to go down without a fight, in addition to a number of those whose uncontrollable drug induced violence is a threat to anyone in the vicinity of their criminal activities.
Far from Duterte simplistically “unleashing the police” on criminals, Duterte is also policing the police and other public officials in order to purify the state from corruption. The infographic below, also from Real Numbers PH shows the number of officials brought to justice under the Duterte Presidency.
But while Duterte’s genuine commitment to fighting genuine crime continues to be misrepresented by those with a strategic goal of undermining his leadership, the United States is in the midst of a genuine crisis of extrajudicial killings that is not only significant statistically, but one which shows a clearly racist trend in policing techniques in the United States.
Between 2015 and the present day 3,832 African Americans were killed by police throughout the United States. Several infamous instances of US police committing extrajudicial killings against unarmed African Americans have made international headlines, although none of these cases have inspired the kind of international meddling that Duterte’s war on drugs has done.
In 2014, an unarmed African American man Eric Garner was choked to death by local police who suspected him of selling tobacco without a tax licence. The clearly non-violent Garner died after several officers violently threw him to the ground. His last words were “I can’t breathe”.
But while African Americans remain disproportionately victimised by police, a further video of an extrajudicial killing of an unarmed white American in a hotel corridor further shocked the world due to the intense brutality of the shooting.
A very recent video of two male police in the United States savagely beating a woman in spite of not issuing a court summons as is required by local law, simply because she exercised her right not to inform the officers of her surname, has further raised the question of the extrajudicial protocol of many police in the United States.
While a majority of Filipinos support their President, Americans are increasingly coming to understand that the extrajudicial mentality of killer cops is at odds with the US Constitution and any standard of decency. Currently, the most popular song in the US, the aptly titled “This Is America” concerns a culture of repressive, racist police brutality that is spiralling out of control. This trend in pop culture shows that ordinary Americans are deeply worried about their own culture of police violence while by contrast, most Filipinos support the reasonable and necessary war on drug violence.
In spite of that fact that much of the US is talking about the police violence problem, the same so-called international community that has meddled in The Philippines is doing nothing about extrajudicial killings in the United States. It seems that the colonial mentality that Duterte warned against remains the guiding force of such super-national bodies. The ‘human rights’ cabal is happy to interfere with Duterte’s enforcement of existing laws against violent criminals, but they are silent when it comes to the US targeted the young, the black, the unarmed and the vulnerable. Hypocrisy is without a doubt an item that is first and foremost ‘made in the USA’.