President Rodrigo Duterte tries applying nationally a formula his supporters find to have worked in Davao. His iron-fist approach restored security amid vigilante killings and set up social services unusual in the underdeveloped south. International experts predicted that is bound to fail nationally.
[VIDEO]: Various drug war strategies in many countries were conducted in the past but despite being bloody and expensive, the problems on illegal drugs continue to this date.
Identical Drug War
Philippines has declared a drug war “identical” to those launched in the United States and parts of Latin America and Asia in the past decades. The campaigns led to arrests and deaths but did little to hold back the stream of substances.
Violence due to ill-conceived Policy
What the world witnessed in countries with wars against cartels like Mexico, however, were deaths and “spiraling levels of violence” which many experts have attributed to an ill-conceived government policy.
At least one thousand leaders, including those whose countries have waged war against drugs, admitted that it was ineffective, misguided and only led to disaster.
Disaster in Latin America
“In Latin America, the ‘unintended’ consequences of war have been disastrous. Thousands of people have lost their lives in drug-related violence. Drug lords have taken over entire communities. Misery has spread. Corruption is undermining fragile democracies.
Public Backed Drug War ousted the Prime Minister
The drug war in Thailand in 2003 was backed by public support, but the country eventually pulled back from the policy marked by related killings and shunning of drug users as it did little to curb demand. Instead, addicts consumed illegal substances in hiding and diseases eventually spread. Treatment was neither available in prisons.
Former US President Richard Nixon called drugs “public enemy number one” in 1971. But saw a ballooning number of poor, black people behind bars. Drug supply and production were only temporarily disrupted. It has destroyed policy-community relations in many areas. The Philippines’ drug war can have a different outcome, but it cannot be good based on the world’s experience.