Gaano Kalala nga ba Talaga ang Problema ng Droga sa Pilipinas?

Gaano kalala nga ba talaga ang problema sa droga dito sa Pilipinas, lalo na kapag inihambing na sa iba pang mga bansa? Ang pamamahayag ni Rodrigo Duterte at ng kanyang mga Dutertards ay parang lumalabas na ang bansa natin ngayon ay malapit ng maging isang “Narco State” o “Estadong Narkotiko”.

Ang website na “Recovery Brands” ay nangolekta ng data mula sa United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at inilatag ito sa isang artikulo.1 Mga pinaka-interesanteng bahagi ng artikulong iyon ay isang Infographic na nagpapakita ng “Drug Use per Country” batay sa uri ng droga na kung saan ay pinoposte ko rin dito.
Drug Use per Country

Ngayon, kung titingnan mo ang mga data, ang Pilipinas ay PANGALAWA sa bilang ng mga gumagamit ng AMPHETAMINES (Shabu) na may tinatayang 2% ng populasyon ang gumagamit nito, kaya meron nga talaga tayong problema sa droga. Subalit ang tanging droga na ginagamit ng mga Pilipino ay ang Shabu, at hindi ang iba pang droga tulad ng Cannabis (Marijuana), Cocaine, Ecstacy, etc.
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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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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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Why is the Philippines Poorer than Its Neighbors?

Why is the Philippines poorer than its South East Asian (SEA) neighbors?” This is one question that I have been asking myself since I was in my teens. It is not an easy question to answer, but let me offer my opinion now on why I think this is so. First, let’s establish the fact that we ARE indeed poorer than our neighbors, and one way to do that would be to look at our Poverty Rate or the Percent of our Population Below the Poverty Line. Below is the data for Poverty Rate of various SEA countries including us taken from the excellent Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Factbook website[1] which will be my main reference for most of the statistical data I will be using in this blog.

Comparison of the Poverty Rates of South East Asian Countries.

Comparison of the Poverty Rates of South East Asian Countries.

As we can see in the above data, out of ten countries we are Number Two in terms of the highest Poverty Rate, next only to Myanmar with approximately one out of every four Filipinos being poor. Our Poverty Rate is at least TWICE of that of other SEA countries with large populations like Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. This establishes the fact that yes, we are indeed poorer than most of our neighbors in that a bigger portion of our population is below the poverty line than they do. So why is this so?

’The Corruption Scapegoat’
One of the main reasons Filipinos would tend to first say about this is it’s because of “Corruption”. However, I am not so convinced that this is so, because corruption happens everywhere, a quick search on the internet will yield corruption news happening also among our neighbors. Now people will then say, it is because Corruption is worst in the Philippines compared to the others, but is it really? What does the available data say?
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