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Home Columns Unsolicited Advice Will the Philippines Follow in the Footsteps of Mexico and Suffer Also from Narco Wars?
Will the Philippines Follow in the Footsteps of Mexico and Suffer Also from Narco Wars? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 December 2008 10:37

W ill the Philippines become the Mexico of the Orient? For almost 250 years, Mexico played an important role in the making of the Filipino heritage when both countries were Spanish colonies. And now, will prohibited drugs turn the two nations into Narco Republics, aside from becoming at the same time Banana Republics?


As of Dec. 16, 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported in the Front Page of its Dec. 20, 2008, issue, “It is a time of extraordinary violence all over Mexico. Feuding drug-trafficking groups and the federal government’s military crackdown against organized crime have left 5,376 dead this year.” And counting. (Please go to and this other hyperlink to view the newspaper’s coverage of Mexico’s drug wars.)


Corruption hurting Mexico's fight against crime, Calderon says
Mexican President Felipe Calderon says his government has made strides in combating graft. But police corruption remains a big problem in the battle against drug trafficking. Corruption (is) hurting
Mexico's fight against crime, President Calderon says. He has deployed 45,000 troops and 5,000 federal-police officers in 18 states to fight crime caused by drug trafficking and drug wars.


At least Mexican President Calderon has taken notice of his country’s drug wars and its endemic corruption. On the other hand, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo behaves as if her country has no drug problem and corruption, when in fact the twin-headed monster of a social cancer is already an epidemic. Please read again this earlier report:

Illegal-Drug Abuse Now an Epidemic in the Philippines


To paraphrase Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, “it takes a village to educate a child.” Yes, it takes a whole village – including the village idiots who use prohibited drugs, the crooks in the police, military and government that tolerate illegal-drug importation, manufacturing and distribution and the criminal elements who profit from the drug abuse and kidnappings, the national leaders who profit from the drug trade and corruption and the ordinary folks who have become indifferent, if not cynical, to the social cancer – to destroy a country.


Filipinos in America are reacting to the current socio-economic ailments of the country by demonstrating against the recent visits of the Filipino President, as written in these reports:

Fil-Am Activists and Advocates Preparing Massive “Welcome” for President Arroyo in DC and New York


PGMA Asked to Give “State of the Nation’s Corruption Address” (SONCA) During Her USA Trip


This writer has suggested ways in a series of articles to “reinvent” the Philippine military and the national police, so as to make them more effective in fighting crime syndicates. The series deals with how the Filipino men and women in uniform can be elevated to position where they can ward off pressures from, and payoffs, if not threats, by, criminals. One such article is titled,

A Call to Arms? (Part4 of Reinventing the RP Military)


Not all Filipino national leaders are indifferent to the growing social cancers of military-police corruption and the growing drug menace. Here is one report sent by the office of Senator Pimentel:

Senate Probe to Trace Source of Money Carried by Police General


And finally, here is a recent report about the growing problem of kidnapping for ransom that is becoming more-than a cottage industry in the Philippines:


Son fears mother kidnapped in Philippines

8th December 2008, 17:00 WST


An Australian woman has been missing in the Philippines for more than a month and her son believes she’s been kidnapped.


Canberra woman Zenaida Banham, 54, has been missing since early November, her 18-year-old son George Banham told the ABC.


Mr. Banham, who was helping his mother build a house in Laguna, south of Manila, said he believed his mother was kidnapped because of money that she was carrying.


“The two bodyguards she’s with, all their documents and her clothes, everything is gone - but all mum’s stuff was still here - and they were spotted in her car two days later,” he was quoted as saying by ABC Online.


Mr. Banham, who is still in the Philippines, said authorities were doing little to help.


“They’re not doing anything - the police, the head of police, they haven’t found any information,” he said.


“I’ve been getting all the information myself.


“Australian police haven’t done anything either.


“The (Australian) embassy hasn’t helped much either.”


He says he is very concerned about his mother’s welfare.


“I just want to see my mum.”


Details were being sought from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



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