FILE PHOTO: Indonesian policemen burn methamphetamine after a raid in Medan, North Sumatra province, Indonesia July 19, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Septianda Perdana via REUTERS.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said, “Life has become so dangerous for drug personalities here in the Philippines so naghanap sila ng iba (they are looking elsewhere).”
He agrees with Indonesian Anti-Narcotics Agency Chief Budi Waseso that Indonesia has become an unlikely victim of the Duterte Administration’s war on drugs, claiming that more drug traffickers have re-directed shipments of methamphetamine, known as “shabu” in Southeast Asia, toward Indonesia.
Waseso said, “This is an un-debatable proof that the effect of Philippine’s strong act (against drug) has impacted Indonesia, making it to become a new (drug) market because of the proximity of islands and connected by sea. There are so many illegal landing points and small ports they use to dock.”
For this reason, Dela Rosa said all ASEAN member nations should be united when it comes to combating illegal drugs in the region.
“United ang effort dapat ng ASEAN countries pagdating sa bagay na iyan kasi sila ang ating neighbors,” Dela Rosa said. (ASEAN countries should be united in effort against illegal drugs because we are neighbors.)
Last week, Indonesian President Joko Widodo told law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers if they resist arrest to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the archipelago.
But Commissioner Waseso said Indonesia will not emulate Duterte’s drug war though he praised its aims.
“But that is a significant example of how a president takes care of its country. Indonesia is a state of law, it has its own laws [in tackling drug dealers]. We don’t need to follow them (Philippines), but we must respect Philippines because it’s their country and we cannot intervene. Only God can do it,” Commissioner Waseso said. – Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue