Oplan Tokhang: Cruelty as Kindness

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A netizen named Bryan Ng Co provided an alternate point of view regarding the issue of Oplan Tokhang, which is widely perceived as a cruel method of trying to win the war on drugs.
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He called out the Commission on Human Rights in their inability to grasp the idea that “human rights is based on humans.”

If you use those numbers as the numerator over the Philippine population size (denominator), the casualty rate is (callously speaking) rather small,” Co said.

Consider the alternative of not acting on the narco menace now," he added.

Co insisted that the business of narcotics has already created a viral culture that cannot easily be wiped out through employment opportunities.

He cited the “Robin Hood” phenomenon, wherein narcos would offer dole outs such as lechon to marginalized people in their neighbourhood. 

These myopic Filipinos have no qualms about allowing their children to get hooked on illegal drugs provided that they get their periodic hand-outs and lechons,” he said.

How do you entice a man who sells narcotics and makes 1,000 pesos a day to sit in a boring office that only pays 600 pesos minus taxes? The former doesn’t require much in the way of training and education. The latter typically demands a college diploma,” Co said, pointing out that people are attracted to the narco business because it pays more than clerical work.

He said that Tokhang is a program “of immense heart for the Filipino nation.”

He even quoted Shakespeare saying, “I have to be cruel only to be kind.”

Read his full post below:

"THE LONG AND PAINFUL VIEW: CRUELTY AS KINDNESS

"Too often we've heard the legitimate and almost truistic demands of the PCHR. I have no doubt that the stats they cite really happened.

"What most religious people (who take the side of the PCHR to the exclusion of all other points of view) fail to grasp is that human rights is based on... tada! Humans! The cruelty of the present program may seem barbaric and to some extent, excessive. However, if you use those numbers as the numerator over the Philippine population size (denominator), the casualty rate is (callously speaking) rather small.

"Consider the alternative of not acting on the narco menace now.

"Presently, we have a population that is still largely languishing in poverty. Whilst the PCHR and its supporters are proposing that we look towards the alleviation of poverty as the ultimate solution, narcotics business in the areas that I've been to has already created a viral culture that can hardly be cured by mainstream employment opportunities anymore.

"The notorious "Robin Hood" phenomenon has become part and parcel of how these narco lords operate. In my area, before Duterte won the presidency, lechons were offered free to the financially depressed neighborhoods by the narcos. Hand-outs or dole-outs were also commonplace practices. These myopic Filipinos have no qualms about allowing their children to get hooked on illegal drugs provided that they get their periodic hand-outs and lechons.

"Narcotics economy may have been borne out of poverty and necessity but it is growing and flying on wings of greed. What feeds it is the culture of lethargy. Filipinos in narco enclaves are becoming lazier. They all want to be instant millionaires. How do you entice a man who sells narcotics and makes 1,000 pesos a day to sit in a boring office that only pays 600 pesos minus taxes? The former doesn't require much in the way of training and education. The latter typically demands a college diploma.

"It doesn't require an Einstein to figure out that at the rate this trend is going, even if we have a hyperactive CHR group, it wouldn't have much of a population to fight for when this country has devolved to a narco state.

"On the brighter side, if and when that sad state of affairs occurs, the PCHR will have outlived its usefulness, rendering itself wholly unnecessary.

"So you see, the long and rather painful view is that as heartless as Tokhang may seem to you now, it is actually a program of immense heart for the Filipino nation. To borrow a line from Shakespeare, "I have to be cruel only to be kind.""



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