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1 Philippines: The Man Running Duterte's Antidrug WarSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Almendral, Aurora Area:Philippines Lines:178 Added:06/03/2017

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Gen. Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police, knows the value of a public display of remorse. He has been forced to apologize more than once.

He was wrong, he acknowledged before the Philippine Senate as TV cameras rolled, to have trusted undisciplined policemen who killed a small-town mayor suspected of dealing drugs, as the mayor lay defenseless on a jail-cell floor.

"I cannot blame the public if they're losing their trust and confidence in their police," he told the Senate panel, accepting a tissue from the mayor's son to wipe away his tears.

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2Canada: Column: Nice Pot Law There, LiberalsFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:McParland, Kelly Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

There's always been something a bit odd about the great marijuana legalization crusade. Supporters, eager to avoid being seen as a bunch of frustrated pot-heads who just wanted easier access, put forward solid, practical arguments.

They pointed out that the war against drugs wasn't working: anyone could see that. People who wanted pot would find a way to get it, no matter how illegal it might be. Police time was wasted chasing kids with a few grams of marijuana, and branding young people as criminals for a bit of pot was a crime in itself. Criminalization just paved the way for organized crime to peddle the stuff to kids, with no controls and huge profits. It made no sense.

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3 Canada: Study Finds Gangs Traffic Cannabis Less Than Other DrugsTue, 24 Jan 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:124 Added:01/24/2017

Canada's organized-crime groups and gangs are much less likely to produce and traffic marijuana than they are other illicit drugs such as cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, according to a new federal study that tracked drug violations from police forces in four cities across three provinces.

The new report from Statistics Canada analyzed all drug-related violations over a two-year period in Victoria, Vancouver, Regina and Waterloo, Ont., and found that police linked organized crime to 39 per cent of all cannabis-trafficking charges and 6 per cent of cases involving the production of marijuana.

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4 Philippines: Defending The Drug War, Duterte Chastises BishopsThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Romero, Alexis Area:Philippines Lines:111 Added:01/19/2017

[photo] In this Nov. 26, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his keynote address during the San Beda College of Law Alumni Homecoming at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taguig City. (PPD/King Rodriguez)

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday dug up old controversies including the so-called Pajero scandal and clergy sexual abuse in his latest tirade against the Catholic Church, which has been raising concerns over the spate of killings linked to his war on drugs.

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5 Philippines: Duterte To Meet With Governors Next To Talk Drug WarSun, 15 Jan 2017
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Romero, Alexis Area:Philippines Lines:58 Added:01/16/2017

MANILA, Philippines - After confronting mayors with alleged ties to the narcotics trade, President Rodrigo Duterte wants to meet with governors to discuss the drug problem as he stressed that he would not back down on his campaign even if it costs him his position.

"I'd be calling the governors next week. I'd really tell them. You tell your barangay captains, you have supervisory powers cities under you, those that are not yet charter cities, you tell the mayors," the president told businessmen in Davao City Saturday night.

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6CN BC: OPED: Prescription Heroin Could Save LivesFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Mulligan, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/07/2017

As of the end of November, 755 people had died of drug overdoses in B.C. Prescription heroin could greatly reduce this toll.

One of the principal reasons for the large number of overdose deaths has been the increasing presence of fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more powerful than heroin. Fentanyl is often substituted for, or added to, other illegal drugs.

A single envelope of pure fentanyl is enough to produce thousands of pills and tens of thousands of dollars in profit. One kilogram of fentanyl, which can be purchased online for less than $100,000, is enough to produce one million pills that can be sold for $20 each.

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7 Philippines: Duterte's New Year's ResolutionMon, 02 Jan 2017
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Villanueva, Marichu A. Area:Philippines Lines:139 Added:01/02/2017

No matter how the questions were rephrased, the President stuck to his guns in his replies on his much criticized campaign against illegal drugs.

For a man who made a campaign vow to bring genuine change in the country, it may come strange. For his new year's resolution, President Rodrigo Duterte promises no change in his administration's offensive campaign against illegal drugs.

President Duterte though already publicly declared "sorry for the unintended" killing of innocent by-standers in his administration's deadly war against illegal drugs. But President Duterte vows to continue the anti-drug campaign despite the alleged extra-judicial killing controversies that hounded him in his first six months into office.

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8 Philippines: Predawn Services And The Pall Of The Drug War MarkSat, 24 Dec 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Kaiman, Jonathan Area:Philippines Lines:140 Added:12/25/2016

At 4:50 a.m., the stragglers dashed through Manila's darkened streets, hoping for a spot in the pews.

But they were too late. Hundreds of worshipers had already packed the Sto. Nino de Paz Community Greenbelt Chapel, a low, white dome in a sprawling outdoor shopping complex, for Friday's Simbang Gabi Christmas Mass.

So at least 100 more crowded on the pavement outside, singing "Glory to God" beneath a crisp crescent moon.

Christmas in the Philippines is a long, spirited and, to many, exhausting affair. About 90% of Filipinos are Christian, and they take the holiday seriously. Stores start playing Christmas music as early as September and don't stop until early January. Christmas trees spring up in malls and public parks. Carolers go door to door singing "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night" and "Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit", a lively Tagalog tune celebrating Jesus' birth. The holiday delicacy is lechon - -- whole suckling pig, a Filipino delicacy.

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9CN BC: Airport Security Officer-Drug Dealer 'Not Credible': JudgeFri, 09 Dec 2016
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/12/2016

B.C.'s top court says officer lied about being under threat to help smuggler

Invoking a rarely used investigative procedure, B.C.'s top court has caught and hammered an airport security officer-turned-drug trafficker who pulled the wool over the eyes of his trial judge.

The Court of Appeal said the offender sold Provincial Court judge James Bahen a load of hokum about a mysterious, threatening "Mr. X" and the extent of his own regret.

Having set about to "deceive the sentencing judge, his assertion of genuine remorse rings hollow," it found, concluding Gurvinder Singh Pahl hadn't received his just desserts.

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10 Philippines: In the Philippines' Drug War, Little Help IsTue, 06 Sep 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Paddock, Richard C. Area:Philippines Lines:184 Added:09/07/2016

MANILA - Rayzabell Bongol, an 18-year-old mother and methamphetamine user, was afraid to die in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs in the Philippines. So she turned herself in to the police. They made her sign a pledge that she would never take illegal drugs again, then sent her home.

Once a week now, she is expected to attend a police-sponsored Zumba dance workout, where she gets a health check and a meal. Mr. Duterte "promised change," she said at a recent class as three dozen other recovering addicts bopped and swayed to a blaring Latin beat. "As you can see, I am changing."

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11 Philippines: OPED: How to Kill a Drug Addict: A Modest GuideMon, 05 Sep 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Belvis, Cyril Area:Philippines Lines:123 Added:09/05/2016

IT'S EASY: Start with semantics.

Step 1: Establish a consensual value system to shape a receptive audience. A consensual value system is composed of a repertoire of values everyone is willing to accept. It aims to be universal as well as encompassing by differentiating a set of favorable values from those unpalatable to the audience. We desire a drugfree Philippines. Who doesn't?

Values legitimize a political action (be it human rights intervention or extrajudicial killing) by leading their audience to perceive coherence in their binary arrangement.

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12 Philippines: Phl Facing Human Rights Calamity - HRW ExecThu, 01 Sep 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Mateo, Janvic Area:Philippines Lines:121 Added:09/01/2016

As the casualties in the government's war on drugs continue to pile up, the Philippines faces a "human rights calamity," according to Human Rights Watch.

Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch (HRW) Asia deputy director, said at an ABS-CBN News Channel forum on human rights Tuesday night that the number of suspects killed in the hands of police in the first eight weeks of the Duterte administration is 10 times higher than those who died in the first six months of the year.

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13 Philippines: Did Duterte Own UpWed, 31 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Ramos, Marlon Area:Philippines Lines:34 Added:08/31/2016

DID "The Punisher" just own up to the killing of druggies?

President Duterte has admitted the government's lack of funds for the rehabilitation of drug dependents had led to the deaths of suspected drug lords.

Since he assumed the presidency on June 30, almost 2,000 alleged drug pushers and users had died in police operations and vigilante killings.

Speaking before members of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) in Malacanang Monday night, the President said his administration did not have the money to finance recovery programs for some 700,000 drug users who had turned themselves in to police.

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14 Philippines: Drug Campaign: Eye for an Eye, Tooth for a ToothWed, 31 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Mendez, Christina Area:Philippines Lines:138 Added:08/31/2016

Nobody, not even the poor, can justify getting into illegal drugs, President Duterte stressed, and there must be an "eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" principle of retributive justice to finally end the menace.

As this developed, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued a prayer for the healing of the nation amid the rising number of killings related to the war on drugs.

"They know that is prohibited, whether you are poor or rich," Duterte said Monday night as he reiterated his heart would never bleed for families of those killed in government operations, even if some of them were supposedly forced to become drug pushers to earn a living.

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15 Philippines: OPED: Arrest Drug Traffickers, Vigilantes; AvoidMon, 29 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Almazan, Cielito Area:Philippines Lines:97 Added:08/29/2016

WE, THE members of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, acknowledge our active role as a visible force and prophetic voice in social life, in working for the common good. A role embraced by the Lord Jesus himself when he quoted the prophet Isaiah as he began his ministry: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord." (Luke 4:18 19)

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16 UK: OPED: Why I, As an Undercover Cop, Believe It's Time toSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Mail on Sunday, The (UK) Author:Woods, Neil Area:United Kingdom Lines:206 Added:08/29/2016

THE narcotics trade provides the financial basis for almost every other form of organised criminality in this country and abroad. The scale is staggering: the global drugs market is worth UKP375 billion every year, and an estimated UKP7 billion a year in Britain alone. Britain spends a further UKP7 billion policing the drugs problem - and that's without the associated costs of imprisonment and public health and everything else.

It might not seem visible to the majority of ordinary, law abiding citizens, yet drugs and the gangsters who deal in them blight our towns and cities and dominate our criminal system. More than half the inmates in British prisons are there for drug-related offences.

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17 Philippines: Pinoys Seen Backing Duterte Despite Rising DrugSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines)          Area:Philippines Lines:73 Added:08/28/2016

(AP) - On the day he was sworn into office, President Rodrigo Duterte went to a Manila slum and exhorted residents who knew any drug addicts to "go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful."

Two months later, nearly 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users lay dead as morgues continue to fill up. Faced with criticism of his actions by rights activists, international bodies and outspoken Filipinos, including the top judge, Duterte has stuck to his guns and threatened to declare martial law if the Supreme Court meddles in his work.

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18 Mexico: 'The Forgotten of the Forgotten'Sat, 27 Aug 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Jimenez, Marina Area:Mexico Lines:408 Added:08/28/2016

Families of People WHO 'Disappeared' Amid Mexico's Violent Drug Wars Are Forced to Continue the Search for Truth and Justice on Their Own, As Authorities Often Refuse to Help

QUERETARO, MEXICO - Socorro Arias unlocks the door to her son's bedroom. A faintly musty smell wafts out. Other than a layer of dust, everything is just as Raymundo Isaac Rico Arias left it on Feb. 12, 2012, the day the 27-year-old teacher disappeared.

A stack of Valentine's Day hearts - cut from red construction paper - lies on Rico's bed, intended as gifts for his students. Clothes are piled in the corner, along with shoes and leather belts. Marilyn Monroe smiles seductively from one wall, while a Virgin Mary statue sits on the bureau, gazing pensively in front of the mirror.

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19 Philippines: Column: Let Us Mobilize for Duterte's War on DrugsSat, 27 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Pedrosa, Carmen N. Area:Philippines Lines:141 Added:08/27/2016

It is obvious that Duterte's reforms are being blocked by his enemies. Their objective is to blacken his image and make his campaign against drug lords difficult and frustrate government reform. They are not bothered that if the drug lords and their backers (politicians mostly) are not stopped the drugs will proliferate and the problem will be impossible to solve. It is a war between criminals and their victims. Before that happens Filipinos must stop them or it will go out of hand. I am reprinting here the post of BayanKo's adviser Jose Alejandrino which is now viralling in social media. We should not waste time with so-called congressional investigations from the very senators accused of protecting drug lords. Instead we should mobilize as we did in Duterte's Luneta rally to spare our country, the poor and especially the young, from the evil that confronts us.

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20 Philippines: Column: Killing Her Softly?Fri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Pamintuan, Ana Marie Area:Philippines Lines:120 Added:08/27/2016

When Philippine National Police officials report with a hint of pride that some 1,800 people have been killed in the drug war within less than two months, and some senators say the figure is still small considering the number of drug "personalities" in the country, this nation has lost its soul.

President Duterte has amply shown that the drug menace is real and alarming in its scale. Whether the pervasiveness of the problem deserves those 1,800 deaths - more than half of which, the PNP stressed, were perpetrated by vigilantes - is debatable. But the debate at this point is lopsided and heavily in favor of the executioners. Many Filipinos seem to go along with Dirty Rody's Machiavellian belief about the end justifying the means.

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