By: Elena Grace Flores
No one is at their right state of mind when they happen to rape or murder innocent victims despite being their direct relatives like sons or daughters. People resorting to illegal drugs could also be mentally ill already thus having the need to take these prohibited drugs to ease their mental, emotional and physical pains. Mental illness plus illegal drugs is equals to; heinous crimes.
The past Aquino administration failed deeply in addressing this matter – therefore increasing the crime rate of the country tremendously. The legislations filed by Vice President Leni Robredo and by Sen. Pia Cayetano — House Bill 5347 and Senate Bill 2910 — failed to pass in the previous Congress despite the great need. A mental health law would enhance mental health services, protect the rights of the mentally ill, and create a new national mental health council. It would also require medical students to study mental health.
The Philippines may have the lowest suicide rate among ASEAN member states because many are left unreported. But mental illnesses, such as depression, are ramphant in the country. The suicide rate in the Philippines is 2.5 for men and 1.7 for women (per 100,000 population), according to the DOH’s National Center for Mental Health. In 2012, the DOH estimated more than 2,500 suicides: 2,008 males and 550 females. According to the World Health Organization, suicide is more common in males than in females. It is clear from that statistic alone that male rapists and murderers to be are just waiting to commit such crimes if President Duterte is more inclined into killing drug criminals than those who need his help more to prevent such crimes.