Duterte needs to hit hard at those involved in the illegal drugs business if he wants to fulfill his promise to transform the Philippines into a drug-free country before June 30, 2022.
But his war against the dreaded “drug monster,” which has claimed the lives of many drug traffickers, pushers and users, and even lawmen, has drawn the ire of the international community.
Thus, it is heartening to know that no less than visiting Sri Lanka President Maithrapala Sirisena has described Duterte’s all-out war against the drug menace as “an example to the world.”
In last Wednesday’s meeting with Duterte at Malacañang, Sirisena said: “The war against crime and (illegal) drugs carried out by you is an example to the whole world and, personally, to me.”
Sirisena’s endorsement of Mr. Duterte’s nationwide campaign against the drug menace is not surprising because it is also a major problem in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
“The drug menace is rampant in my country and I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard,” the Sri Lankan chief executive told the tough-talking President Duterte.
The task of ridding this nation of drug manufacturers, traffickers, pushers, users and their “protectors” in state uniform, including law enforcement authorities, is better said than done.
But with the support of the Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens, and the international community, the Philippine government will succeed in addressing the menace.
In other words, Duterte needs the help of the public and the understanding of the international community as the government exerts its best efforts to win the war against the “drug monster.”
Certainly, we share the view of Mayor Digong that Sri Lanka and the Philippines could work in unison in addressing the trafficking of shabu and other habit-forming substances.