PH Became A Narco State Under PNoy’s Regime: It was about campaign funding, political ambition

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino | Photo from NYTimes

It was the reason why president Duterte won by landslide in the 2016 presidential elections. It is also the reason why two years into the presidency, many people still choose to rely on Duterte and his war on drugs. The people are sick and tired of the drug menace. A menace that was made worst under the Noynoy Aquino administration.

Narco State

When he declared during his campaign that he will eradicate the drug problem in the country in 6 months, Duterte didn’t know the complexity of the drug menace. When he assumed office, it is there that he realized that the drug problem is worse than he expected. He described the country as a narco-state

President Rodrigo Duterte | Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino | Photo from CNN
President Rodrigo Duterte | Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino | Photo from ABS-CBN

A narco-state is when the country is so deep into corruption that even policy-making government officials collude in the illegal drug trade. Drug lords often become the biggest campaign contributors in the elections, in exchange for protection and continued drug trade.

Not Just A Health Problem

Another problem is the previous administration’s view of the drug menace as a health problem. This kind of view limits the government’s ability to address the other multi-dimensional problems that the drug menace gives such as the spike in violence and the heinous crimes committed by people under the influence of drugs.

Aside from the mentioned effects of drugs in the society, the social effects on the family, the non-drug users, and the community as a whole were not taken into consideration if we view the drug problem as a health issue.

Under Aquino’s Nose

Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino | Photo from ABS-CBN

Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino | Photo from CNN

During the Aquino administration, BuCor reported that the drug operations were being done by druglords at the comfort of their cells. What’s more disturbing was the confessions of some Bucor staff that they delivered drug money to an LP senatorial candidate for their campaign funds. The biggest shabu laboratory in the country was discovered in Tarlac, right under Aquino’s nose.

Obviously, during Aquino’s term, drug trade is critical for campaign funding, and ultimately, political ambition. It was never a health issue.

Below is an excerpt from the Tribune article:

Let’s cite a train of critical incidents in the drug menace’s history under Aquino, while readers can supply the political coupling.

In 2011, the BuCor submitted a report detailing problems within the national penitentiary. These included drug use and drug trafficking. Proposals were made for stricter monitoring of incarcerated drug lords, random drug tests, raids and the confiscation of contraband.
Thereafter, a raid was conducted. Curiously, “illegal drugs were not confiscated.” Why?

Later, a former BuCor officer-in-charge revealed that as early as 2011, he had been receiving drug money from inside the penitentiary and would deliver this to a prospective Liberal Party senatorial candidate who was then his superior. He called these “campaign funds.” Two other former NBI officials would likewise testify to committing the same crime.

In 2014, towards the end of the Aquino administration, a fully functioning illegal drugs manufacturing facility and laboratory were discovered in Tarlac, Aquino’s political bailiwick. The largest in the Philippines, the laboratory could produce up to 100 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) a day.

So prolific was the drug trade under Aquino that in the immediate run-up to the 2016 presidential elections, over P15 billion in illegal drugs were conveniently being traded inside the national penitentiary.

On the eve of the 2016 elections, another political bailiwick figured prominently in the illegal drug trade. While they denied the accusations, two ranking opposition politicians with bailiwicks in the Visayas were implicated in controversies involving the use of illegal drugs to raise “campaign funds” in exchange for protection among competing drug lords.

Of the two, in a hotel in Cubao, the staff of one was reported to have met with police officials and generals implicated in the drug controversies.

Evidently, the drug problem is not a health issue. Under Aquino, it was about campaign funding and political ambition.


Source: Tribune

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  1. With all the rumors involving Duterte family into drug business, befriending drug lords and promoting officials even with questionable reputation with drug related issues, are we still proud enough to say that the war on drugs with several thousands death still in the right road??