Fr. Robert Reyes says ‘Ang droga, hindi crime’ and Duterte’s war on drugs is immoral - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fr. Robert Reyes says ‘Ang droga, hindi crime’ and Duterte’s war on drugs is immoral

Fr. Robert Reyes
On March 19, 2018, activist priest Robert Reyes released a statement against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s war on drugs with the jist being that the church won’t join anti-drug operations, that prohibited drugs aren’t illegal and that the war on drugs is immoral and impure.

The priest washed his hands as he stated that,

“Our conscience tells us no to be part of an operation we have determined to be immoral. The war on drugs is immoral.”

He claims that drug addiction is a health issue, and that it shouldn’t be solved by force.

“You do not solve a health issue with the police force. Ang droga, hindi crime. That’s what you have to address first. He is sick and therefore, he needs medical attention,” Reyes said.

True as what the priest may be stating, he still forgot to consider the dangers that these “sick” people pose to the entire community. Ever since the start of his administration, Duterte has given people alternatives and a chance to change their lifestyles. Rehabilitation centers and amnesty was given to those drug users who surrendered.

Philippine National Police Chief Director Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa announces the relaunching of Oplan Double Barrel Loaded, in which he mentions that priests and local officials are allowed to join police operations.
Reyes then blamed Duterte and his “impurity” that caused the police to shoot “innocent” people,

“Hindi lahat ng pulis ay pasaway pero kung babalikan yung mga salita ng Pangulo, sinabi niya ‘go ahead, ako bahala’. Kaya may impurity.”

He added that reports of harmless individuals being killed are also rampant,

“Dami natutulog lang sa bahay, tapos binaril tapos lalagyan ng cardboard na pusher.”

But Senator Panfilo Lacson defends the PNP during a public order committee hearing on recent deaths of minors, he said that the cops don’t operate on users, only pushers.

In conclusion, what this pries fails to understand is that there are cartels that are coming into the Philippines. Now that the previous drug lords are gone, there is a high possibility that cartels will be coming in to fill the need of those pesky pushers and addicted-beyond-help users. And both the government and the PNP are doing what they could to prevent a bloodier war-on-drugs.