By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — In response to claims that the government’s campaign against
illegal drug is a failure, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go
said that the Filipino people are the better judge of the campaign. He
highlighted the positive change in peace and order felt in
“Pero para sa akin, ang taumbayan, lalo na ang mga ordinaryong
Pilipino, ang dapat humusga,” said Go in statement.
“Tanungin natin ang mga kababayan natin kung nakakalakad ba sila ng
ligtas sa gabi. Tanungin natin ang mga trabahante, lalo na ang mga
OFWs, kung panatag sila na ligtas ang kanilang mga anak habang sila ay
nagtatrabaho sa malalayong lugar. Tanungin natin ang mga magulang kung
naging mas maayos ba ang kanilang pamilyang dating winasak ng iligal
na droga,” he added.
The senator noted the progress made by the campaign against illegal
drugs, saying that society is safer now due to the campaign.
“Malayo na ang narating ng ating kampanya kontra iligal na droga at
kriminalidad. Kung dati ay namamayagpag ang mga salot ng lipunan,
ngayon ay nabura na ang takot na ito sa mga komunidad,” said Go.
“Kung dati ay maraming nasisirang buhay dahil sa droga, ngayon ay may
oportunidad na ang mga adik na magpa-rehab at magbagong buhay. Kung
dati walang takot ang mga naghahariang drug lords, ngayon ay mga
kapulisan na ang iginagalang dahil sa proteksyon na binibigay nila sa
ordinaryong Pilipino,” he added.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency reported that between July 2016
to August 2021, it has seized PhP64.09 billion worth of illegal drugs
and laboratory equipment. It has also dismantled 893 dens and
clandestine labs. It has also been reported that 22,858 barangays out of
42,045 are now considered drug-free.
A total of 307,521 drug criminals have been arrested while 3,922 have
been rescued in anti-illegal drug operations.
Go then said that the government must maintain its firm stance against
illegal drugs as the Filipino people have put their trust in the
President to protect the rights and welfare of those victimized by
these societal ills.
“Pinagkatiwalaan si Pangulong Duterte ng taumbayan dahil ipinaglalaban
niya ang kapakanan ng mga biktima, mahihirap at walang matakbuhan,”
“Kaya hindi tayo titigil at gagawin natin ang lahat upang ipagpatuloy
ang kampanyang ito at mabigyan ng mas ligtas, maunlad at komportableng
buhay ang ating mga anak,” he added.
Earlier, Go said he fully supports the government’s intensified
campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption and
reiterated his push for the reimposition of the death penalty for
certain heinous crimes.
The senator from Davao filed Senate Bill 207 in July 2019. The bill,
if passed, will reinstate capital punishment for heinous crimes
involving illegal drugs as well as plunder.
Go also filed SB 399, which seeks to establish a drug abuse treatment
and rehabilitation center in every province nationwide. SB 399,
otherwise known as an “Act Providing for the Establishment and Support
of a Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Every Province
Throughout the Philippines and Appropriating Funds Therefor,” mandates
the establishment of a drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation center
under the supervision of the DOH in every province.
According to the senator, centers’ objective is to bring a
drug-dependent person to a state where he is physically,
psychologically and socially capable of coping up with problems common
to his peer group. These centers will also facilitate and encourage
the dissemination and exchange of ideas and information on the
prevention, care, treatment and control of drug addiction.
Go believes that in the fight against the menace of illegal drugs,
attention must also be directed towards the rehabilitation and
recovery of its victims. Go also said that drug dependents can be
considered victims of the drug trade.
“Una sa lahat, walang tigil dapat ang kampanya natin kontra iligal na
droga, korapsyon, at kriminalidad. Ang taumbayan na ang humusga kung
mas ligtas ba ngayon ang mga anak nila at walang pangamba dahil sa mga
kriminal at adik,” Go earlier said upon filing his candidacy for Vice
“Hindi dapat masayang ang mga nasimulang ito kung kaya’t sa susunod na
anim na taon ay sisikapin nating lalong maproteksyunan ang buhay at
kinabukasan ng ating mga anak,” he added. (ai/mtvn)