How Bad Really is the Philippines’ Drug Problem?

How bad really is the Drug Problem here in the Philippines, especially when compared to that of other countries? The way Rodrigo Duterte and his Dutertards have been portraying the issue, the country is supposedly now near becoming a “Narco State”.

Well, the website “Recovery Brands” collected data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and presented this in an article.[1] The most interesting part of that article is an Infographic showing the “Drug Use per Country” based on the type of Drug, which I am reposting here.

Drug Use per Country

Now, if you look at the data, the Philippines is NUMBER TWO in the number of users of AMPHETAMINES (Shabu) with an estimated 2% of the population using it, so we really do have a drug problem. However, it seems that the only drug that most Filipinos use is Shabu, and not the others like Cannabis (Marijuana), Cocaine, Ecstacy, etc.
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Bangkok’s MRT – March 2016

Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain system was good, but their MRT Subway system was almost heaven when I tried it out last March 2016 …

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The Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) System is Bangkok’s Subway system, and right now only the Blue Line is in operation, but a lot more are being planned to be made. It is a World-class system, as good as any found on the other major Asian cities like Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, etc. It is very modern, and like most modern structures it is made up of a lot of Marble and Stainless Steel. The Blue Line currently runs from the Bang Sue to the Hua Lamphong Stations, with 16 Stations in between, and fares run from a minimum of THB 16 to a maximum of THB 41, or P 21 to P 55 assuming an exchange rate of THB 1 = P 1.33.

’Entrance and Ticketing’
The entrance to the MRT are either thru Stairs, Elevators or Escalators, with the Escalators being used as the main entrance due to its…

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Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain – March 2016

Just posting here my blog about Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain system which I got to try out extensively last March 2016. Compare this with the kind of experience we get riding the sh$%ty MRT and LRT systems in Manila …

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Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain is a better equivalent to our Light Rail Transit (LRT) or Mass Rail Transit (MRT) Systems since it is an above ground Urban Train System, unlike their Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) System which is a Subway System. “BTS” stands for the “Bangkok Mass Transit System, and if you are wondering where the “M went in their acronym, I have no idea. But hey, since it is their system, they can call it whatever they want.

’Entrance and Ticketing’
Just like on the Bangkok MRT, access to the stations can be thru Stairs and Elevators, but the main ones used are the Escalators since they can move the most number of people efficiently. And unlike on most of Manila’s LRT and MRT lines, their Escalators are pretty well maintained and functional almost all of the time.
The Elevator Entrance to the Sala Daeng Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Skytrain. The Elevator Entrance to the Sala Daeng…

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Ang Hindi Opisyal na Pagsasalin ng Abril 25, 2016 Bidyo ng Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)

Screenshot of the video made by the "Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)"

Screenshot ng bidyo na gawa ng “Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)”

Isang kagyat na tawag upang ipagtanggol ang ating demokrasya at ang republika laban sa Komunistang uldog na si RODRIGO DUTERTE, laban sa diktadura ng CPP-NPA.

Kami ay mga opisyales ng Hukbong Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas na kabilang sa “Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)”.
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The Unofficial Transcript of the April 25, 2016 Video of the Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)

Screenshot of the video made by the "Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)"

Screenshot of the video made by the “Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NOTDR)”

An urgent call to defend our democracy and the republic against the Communist Puppet, RODRIGO DUTERTE, against the CPP-NPA dictatorship

We are officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines belonging to the Network of Officers to Defend the Republic.
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Rodrigo Duterte – A Clear and Present Danger to Philippine Democracy

Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte, feeling especially at home during a Press Conference. Photo courtesy of Allan Nawal of Inquirer Mindanao.

Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte, feeling especially at home during a Press Conference. Photo courtesy of Allan Nawal of Inquirer Mindanao.

The last few days, a couple of followers have asked me thru Private Messaging on Facebook about what my opinion was if Rodrigo Duterte wins the elections this coming May 9, 2016, and my standard reply has been that to give him six months, see how he will do, then if things don’t go well then we start thinking of protesting against his government.

‘Revolutionary Government’
However, lately Duterte has been constantly telling media of how he intends to dissolve Congress if they try to impeach him, and that he will then establish a Revolutionary Government.[1] Now what is a “Revolutionary Government“? In simplest terms, it is a government that overturns and disregards the laws of the current form of government, and in the process enacts its own set of laws.
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Jojo Bi-NAY and his Twisted Justifications

Former Makati Mayor and current Vice President and Presidential candidate Jejomar Binay.

Former Makati Mayor and current Vice President and Presidential candidate Jejomar Binay.

I watched the Rizal Day celebrations last December 30, 2015, and while in the crowd I overheard two men with Bikes discussing politics. They were within earshot of a couple of people including me, and one of them was a supporter of former Makati Mayor and now Presidential candidate Jojo Binay, although he was trying hard not to be too obvious about it.

He started off by saying, “Baka nga si Binay pa ang manalo sa pagka Presidente, tahimik na ngayon, eh (Maybe Binay will win as President since he’s relatively intrigue-free these days)”. Then he says, “Di baleng kurapt, napapakinabangan rin naman ng mga tao (It doesn’t matter if he’s corrupt since people end up being benefitted anyway)”. He ends with saying, “Magnanakaw naman lahat iyan (All the Presidential candidates are thieves, anyway)”.
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