Philippine Drug War: War of Morality

WARNING: EXTREMELY LONG POST AHEAD.
And yes, I will tackle injustice and your selective Christian values, so fight me.

Why is there malice in our cry for justice?

This world is not black and white, you’d think we’d know that by now.

We cry justice for Kian because he was killed without due process. He was gunned down by policemen who said he fought back, but with witnesses who said otherwise. Whether or not he was an actual drug dealer and runner does not make a difference in our cry: it is part of our right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. He will never have the chance because they killed him without proof.

“But if he really had a gun, he would have killed the police!”

True. But as I learned, “self-defense” has a very strict definition. Article 11 of our Revised Penal Code clearly stated the circumstance when you can justify an act as self-defense. When your aggressor is already down, and you still keep attacking, it is already a form of retaliation, and retaliation is criminal. Kian was shot not once, but THREE times. Could you really believe someone who is shot in the head once is not “down” per se? The second and third shots were unnecessary. It was not self-defense on the policemen’s part, it was murder.

Read: Article 11:
https://thezephyrproject.wordpress.com/…/revised-penal-cod…/
Read: Review of Interpretation and explanation of Article 11:
http://amorlegis.blogspot.com/…/revised-penal-code-reviewer…

“Why don’t you cry for the victims of criminals like drug dealers and pushers the same way you are crying for Kian?”

Key word: victims of criminals. People who act against the law. People who are supposed to be punished, AFTER they are proven guilty, and rightly so. I don’t cry as loud for injustice because I put my trust in our justice system, in the people who will testify and judge him in court for the wrong that he’s done.

Key word: victims of criminals, who may or may not be in their right mind when doing unspeakable acts, but who deserve justice nonetheless. It is not up to the public to persecute them, it is up to the court. Justice is a double-edged sword, but the Philippines suspended the death penalty, so no matter how bad the things they’ve done, they are supposed to rot in jail for the crimes they committed, not die on the street as another statistic in a drug war.

Key word: victims of criminals. I do cry for these victims. I do so every day because as a woman, I am always on alert, thinking what I have in my bag that I can use as a weapon when I go home alone at night. I am always on edge whether the man who sat next to me with red-rimmed eyes and touching my thigh is unaware or harassing me. Because if I yell harassment, I may be the one blamed for what I am wearing or the way I am acting. Because I have to keep my mouth shut when someone catcalls me even though a million swear words are running in my mind. Because screaming inside is better than being beaten up or dead.

Key word: victims of criminals. I mourn for them, their loved ones, and their families, but be the bigger person. Forgive those who hurt you and let God and justice punish them accordingly. Their fate is not in your civilian, all too-human hands.

“So why scream for a boy who may or may not be a drug addict, and who may or may not have deserved what happened to him?”

BECAUSE HE’S A BOY. Because he has a future ahead of him. How perfect were you when you were 17? How many people did you do wrong, did you ask forgiveness from, did you make amends with? How many stupid things did you do that you are now ashamed of for doing? How many people did you hurt unknowingly? How different were you then?

BECAUSE HE WAS A BOY who could have had the chance to turn things around. But he wasn’t given that chance.

“What about victims of criminals, were they ever given the chance?”

Again, key word: victims of criminals. No, they didn’t get the chance. But we already tackled criminals getting what they deserve. The bigger question is if we don’t trust that the court will give due justice to these criminals, then isn’t the problem bigger than criminals vs. victims? Isn’t the problem with our branches of government?

“YELLOWTARD! DON’T PUT THIS ON DUTERTE!”

Fuck you too, but I am not putting this on the president. If we don’t trust that the purveyors of justice and peace can do their jobs, then this is a problem not even the president could fix. This is not a problem we can fix overnight, but this is not a problem rooted on drugs, drug pushers, drug manufacturers, and drug addicts alone. This is not a political war, it’s a war among ourselves.

This is a problem of immorality and corruption from the people who are supposed to protect us from exactly these things. And if you’re okay with killing a boy, then maybe you should question your own morality too because only someone so jaded could ever think it’s okay to kill a child, and it borders on criminal when people think “collateral damage” is okay.

“It’s a drug WAR, moron. Wars always have collateral damage.”

Very true. But your lack of compassion if you believe this is astounding. Think for a second. If you sat in a jeep and ended up being next to a drug addict you didn’t know operations have been following for a while, it’s not your fault. But if said drug addict is gunned down and the bullet hit you instead, you would have been that collateral damage.

If your teenage son makes a wrong turn from school one night and ends up being gunned down in the middle of a raid in what is considered a “bad” part of town, he will be collateral damage. And don’t tell me you would NEVER allow your son in those places because teenagers have minds of their own, and you are never sure where they are most of the day. Even if you say you’re getting him bodyguards, he will and CAN makes plans to escape them if he wants to.

The next collateral damage could be your father, mother, sister, brother, friend, loved one. All because they could have been in the VICINITY of the wrong person at the wrong time. And God forbid someone frames you by putting drugs in your bag without your knowledge. Would you be okay of being killed because of drugs you didn’t even know you have? Don’t you want to be given the chance to prove yourself?

So why can’t you extend these sympathies to Kian and the thousand others who were killed without due process? Why can’t you give sympathy for people who may be peddling drugs to survive? Why can’t you give chances to children who could have the chance to turn their lives around?

Getting killed by criminals is different than being killed by people who are supposed to protect us from criminals. Criminals break the law, police officers are supposed to uphold the law. Criminals deserve to be jailed, justice officers are supposed to make sure that they get the jail time that they deserve and don’t die prematurely in the process.

And if you tell me one more time criminals deserve to die, tough luck, asshole, we don’t have death penalty in the Philippines. We don’t have death penalty the same way abortion is illegal and birth control is not encouraged — because the Philippines supposedly upholds Christian values where we believe we cannot play God with the lives of people.

So if you tell me you’re okay with this drug war, and the collateral damage that came with it, but you think abortion and using birth control is wrong, then you seriously have to rethink your choices in life, and stop pretending they are rooted in religion, because being okay with one thing but not the other makes you a privileged hypocrite, and frankly, God is unhappy with you either way.

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In Re: Marawi Siege

Please do not let your ignorance get ahead of you. These terrorists are not Muslims, these terrorists are terrorists.

Don’t say you don’t care about what’s happening in Marawi. Don’t say that Maranaos deserved it for being a Muslim community, and for fuck’s sake don’t you dare say “okay lang, di naman ako kasali sa gulo.”

BECAUSE YOU SHOULD CARE.

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Photo: Inquirer

Because this is not an attack on religion — they are not Islams as they claim because Islam is a religion of peace. No true Muslim would support such violation of church and of the people. This is the time to hold our ground — Christians, Muslims, and heck, even Atheists alike should unite to stop such form of terrorism.

Because this is not an attack on Marawi and its people, this is an attack on all people. As a Filipino, as a HUMAN for crying out loud — you too, should be outraged by what they are doing in Marawi because if tables were turned, what if these terrorists are where you are now? Their lack of respect for life, for religion, and for rules of warfare will translate the same. You should be outraged for the Maranaos, with the Maranaos.

Because saying “mabuti lang sa kanila ‘yun,” and “pake ko ba wala naman akong kilala dun” says more about your ignorance and extremist ideals than it does the Maranaos. This line of thinking makes you similar to the terrorists laying siege upon civilians and innocent people. And yes, there is that line in the sand. If you are not one with Marawi at this point, then you are, essentially, part of the problem of this country.

If you believe in a deity — offer a prayer for peace, and ask your God to keep Marawi, Mindanao, the Philippines, and the whole world safe.

If you don’t, then offer help. Offer kindness. Offer hope. This is not the time for blaming — not the government, not the civilians, not the region, and certainly not the religions. This is not the place nor the time for hate. This is the time for hope. This is the time for love.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:13

I’m Filipino, so why should I care about Trump?

It’s official, after having a black president for eight years, the United States is going backwards by voting a racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic Oompa-Loompa as his successor.

Damn, USA, what is this about?

That being said, I am an ocean away from that country, and I could tell them they could have their orange dude be president, I couldn’t care less. But the thing is, I could care less… but I won’t. The POTUS is not just the leader of their country, he is the leader of the free world, because for all intents and purposes, most of the world seems to believe that the US is the greatest country there is.

I get this question from a lot of apathetic people:

You’re not even in the United States, so why should you care about Trump being President?

If you’re asking this with condescension, then take a seat and ask yourself if you’re being a little shit.

First,

We have a lot of OFWs in the US. Many of them undocumented. What will happen to them and their families who are relying on them for survival here in the Philippines? Nevermind the ones already there, what about the ones who are still in the process of seeking greener pastures (ie nurses and caretakers, etc)?

Second,

The USA is a major player in the global economy. While Clinton, as a Democrat, have relatively the same trade and foreign policies as Obama, Trump’s agenda, which is fueled by hatred, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, and sexism, among others, will paint a vastly different landscape.

Third,

At this point in time, we still rely heavily on the US to help build up our economy: therefore the millions of Filipinos getting their livelihood from US-owned call centers and companies. Return to my second point.

Fourth,

Filipinos may want to take what’s theirs, but come on, let us be honest, the things we have are thanks to the relationship we have with the US, and that includes your iPhone and iPad that you can’t seem to go without, to begin with.

Fifth,

The Paris Agreement. The United States is among the biggest contributors of carbon emissions, and in a world that is fighting for our planet’s survival, we need all governments in all countries around the planet to work. Trump believes Climate Change is a hoax and will do nothing to help protect the environment unless it works to his advantage.

Should I go on or are these points enough to start rethinking your apathy?

Today, I am Ashamed of My Country

On November 8, 2016, the Supreme Court of the Philippines allowed the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani — our Heroes’ Cemetery.

Today, the Supreme Court announced that they are allowing a thief and dictator to have his remains moved to a sacred place for our heroes. This man, who ordered to torture thousands. Who took violation of human rights to great heights. Whose greed caused unspeakable suffering to the citizens he has sworn to lead.

This man, who was comparable to Hitler in the crimes he committed against his fellowmen, is most likely going to be buried with the heroes who fought with blood, sweat, and tears, to protect the same people he abused and tortured.

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Today, I am ashamed of the decision of the Supreme Court. Marcos is no hero. Yes, he was a member of the Armed Forces. He was a soldier. A legislator. A president. But he died a thief. He died a human rights violator. He died a man banished from his own country because of the crimes he committed against it — and he wasn’t even sorry for his actions.

Our Supreme Court failed us. But let us never forget the pages in our history that this man stained. Today, the Philippines lost a battle, but we can still win this war by not allowing his atrocities to be erased from our books. Let us tell our children and grandchildren about the atrocities that this so-called “hero” committed. We should never forget.

Ferdinand Marcos is NOT a hero. He never was. He never will be.

To the victims of the Martial Law, and the families that suffered with them, I am very sorry for this political circus. You deserve more than this. I will stand by you when we say Never Again. #MarcosNOTaHero