Public disposal of seized illegal drugs
IT is certainly not a secret that the government law enforcement agencies have in fact seized, duly recorded and kept safe a formidable amount of prohibited drugs from all over the country. Upon confiscation, they were duly marked, identified and supposedly left for the safe-keeping of the government agencies concerned.
How much dangerous drugs were seized specially since the incumbency of the present administration? What is their total worth as of this writing? Where are they placed for safekeeping and who are in-charge of seeing to it that not a single sachet of which is missing? Perhaps, it is about time for the general public to know certain particulars thereof, specially as to their total quantity as well as their total worth. More importantly, it is about time as well that the particulars–kind and quality, the quantity and cost and other pertinent particulars of all the deadly drugs seized so far–are made known to the general public.
But in addition to the above proffered agenda, perhaps it is time for the government to show the general public in a given date, time and place, the honest-to-goodness utter destruction of all the said illegal drugs so far seized before, without forgetting the fact that their seizure continues day and night, 24/7. It might be also for the good name of the public authorities concerned and the rightful appreciation of the general public, if the following were observed precisely on the occasion of the said drug disposal: First, have a general account of the illegal drugs seized such as in conjunction with its kind, total quantity and worth. Second, have certain knowledgeable or expert private individuals certify that the dangerous drugs about to be done away, are genuine in nature, right in a quantity and correct in valuation. Third, accommodate all the people desirous of personally witnessing the drug destruction on the previously predetermined date, time and place.
Everybody is counting the fallen since the government’s sanctioned war on drugs started. But there is a seeming silence regarding the count of prohibited drugs that have already been seized–and where are they kept. In the past, there was a public impression that drugs were recycled and, after some bureaucratic magic, find their way back to mega drug traders inside and outside the country. Unless the backend of the war on drugs is transparent the change that the present dispensation is aiming at will all be a sham.
Murdering drug users won’t provoke change. Rooting out their suppliers and destroying the illegal drugs to smithereens will.