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Filipino bishop suggests new focus for war against drug trade

July 21, 2017

A Filipino bishop has encouraged President Rodrigo Duterte to “reconfigure” his war against drug trafficking, concentrating on eliminating the demand for illegal drugs rather than wiping out drug dealers.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan suggested that the government should enlist experts to undertake “an in-depth study of the root causes of the illegal drug problem in the country.” He remarked that a drive to ease poverty would be likely to help the effort to stem drug abuse.

Duterte’s war against drugs, which has included tacit support for vigilante violence, has led to the extra-judicial killing of several thousand suspected dealers.


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  • Posted by: Elan - Jul. 22, 2017 1:21 AM ET USA

    A drive to end SPIRITUAL poverty will do more to stem drug abuse and violence than wasting words on a government that is a symptom of the same poverty. Our Lord and the apostles preached the Good News. Those who converted, conquered Rome with only their faith.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jul. 21, 2017 10:19 PM ET USA

    The best way in the US to prevent action is to assign it to a group of experts for an in depth study. I would assume that things move even slower in the Philippines than in the US.