Many countries in the West think that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs is not working. Nevermind that these same countries have their own illegal drug trade problems and have not come up with a viable solution.
But we don’t have to look towards the West to find countries or governments that believe Duterte’s campaign actually works. Indonesia is a perfect example.
Indonesia has become a target for international drug dealers who have shifted their attention from the Philippines after the country began meting out harsh punishments to suspected drug dealers under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has said.
“The firm actions in the Philippines have caused drug dealers to look for a new market and Indonesia is that new market,” BNN drug control head Insp. Gen. Arman Depari said in a press conference at the headquarters of the Jakarta Police on Thursday.
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said the police would get tough on foreign drug smugglers and would not hesitate to shoot smugglers who resisted arrest.
Duterte’s war on drugs has become a model for other countries with similar drug problems.
While Politikal Pinoy does not necessarily support the indiscriminate killing of drug lords, pushers or addicts, the message that Indonesia is sending to the rest of the world is that governments must be tough in dealing with the problem.
Karnavian’s message must be taken in context. The police will not indiscriminately shoot drug smugglers — only those ‘who resist arrest.”
It has always been the message of Duterte when admonishing law enforcement personnel to fire their guns at suspected criminals who fight back arrest. I think it’s called self-defense.
But what could be a better testimonial on Duterte’s drug war than an official statement from Indonesia that drug dealers have shifted their attention FROM the Philippines to Indonesia. Duterte has scared them away!