Now comes the news that the Congress of the United States will hold an inquiry this week into the Philippines’ war on drugs. The hearing will be conducted by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
The inquiry is so wrong on many levels.
U.S. Congress has no jurisdiction over internal affairs of the Philippines. Other than a possible statement of concern or condemnation, anything that results from this inquiry has no real effect on the Philippines — other than perhaps the U.S. cutting or threatening to cut “development aid” to its former colony.
It is also a waste of U.S. taxpayer money, not to mention the fact that the inquiry is hypocritical at its best It only shows America’s reputation as a bully and world police.
U.S. Illegal Drug Trade
An analysis of recent surveys and research studies places the size of the illegal U.S. drug market at $200 billion to $750 billion per year, with most estimates coming in between $400 billion.
In addition, while also critical of the drug trade (and resulting violence) of Mexico and other South American countries, the U.S. has been identified as the primary consumer of illegal drugs produced by its neighbors.
A report also estimates that people are killed in the U.S. Drug War at the rate of one a week.
Congress and the Western media can condemn the Philippines’ war on drugs all they want, but it does not change the fact that more than 80% of Filipinos support President Rodrigo Duterte, including his war on drugs and corruption.
This is not the first time that the West has tried to dip its finger into the internal affairs of the Philippines. The European Union had previously passed a couple of resolutions to that effect. With no impact.
The West can continue to dangle its “development aid” before the Philippine government, but the Duterte administration is not biting it.
Duterte has had huge success securing aid from other non-traditional allies, especially within the Asian region.
So, U.S. Congress: you’d be better off cleaning house first before meddling in Philippine internal affairs.