Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Five drug generals should be treated like how cops treated lowly drug pushers

Mayor president Rody Duterte has identified five generals within the Philippine National Police (PNP) who are, in one way or another, involved in the illicit drug trade. Duterte pointed to Generals Garbo, Diaz, Joel Pagdilao (whose brother Sammy even ran and lost a senatorial bid), Vicente Loot and Ed Tinio. The good mayor said he heard the names of these generals when he was still Davao city mayor.

Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson validated two of the five names, while former Army colonel and now Senator Gringo Honasan cautioned Duterte from unduly placing these generals under the spotlight since what Duterte did was just accusations and there is still no criminal case filed against the five. Honasan worries about the families of these generals.

While Honasan has a point, but why react only now when generals are concerned? When cops arrest and kill ordinary drug pushers and drug addicts, no one among the senators, even Honasan, offered a reaction. When ordinary street level pushers are subjected to intense humiliation, even some subjected to maulings by the mob, no one raised a howl.

Mr. Senator, these people have families and you are not concerned about them? Why be concerned about the families of these five generals who are responsible for large scale drug distribution here in our country.

If proven true, these generals should be stripped naked of all their ranks and emoluments and paraded before the people, naked, just like what that Batangas mayor did to suspected drug pushers and users. Frankly, these generals deserve more than a mob beating--they deserve to be hanged.

But why expose only police generals? Duterte needs to deepen his intelligence more and expose those people within the AFP involved in the transit, delivery and distribution also of drugs. Military officials who are involved in the illicit drug trade should likewise be shot, or hanged, or slowly executed by exposing their insides, until they bleed to death.

Likewise, let's go deeper still.

Duterte must expose those private citizens who are financiers of the illegal drug trade--regardless of how high their station in life is.

The people's retribution knows no class.

Duterte is right---this is the time when the people's Justice must claim its sordid victims.