The “War On Drugs” In The Phillip

While the term “war on drugs” is usually used in a US/Central American context, there is another such government effort ramping up in the Philippines. Since the election of President Duterte to power a few months ago (he has been likened, with some accurate points, to Trump), his rigorous campaign promises to eradicate drug crime have been put into action. So far, this mostly means executing everyone caught smuggling drugs, in an effort to deter others from similar crimes. So far, 1,900 people have been killed in the crackdown in the space of about seven weeks.

It remains to be seen what the repercussions of this will be, both on the issue of drugs and in terms of Duterte’s other policy challenges such as dealing with long-time insurgencies in the southern parts of the country, but this is definitely a president to keep an eye on.


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