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The Chinese connection
By Elson T. Elizaga

Jose Rizal and I have relatives in China. I have a Chinese name. Having said that, which means nothing, let me proceed:

In a Facebook group, a member charged that critics of the present administration have no solution to the problems they complain about. They fume against the deadly drug war but they have no answer to the drug “menace”.

This is a common "Dutertard" technique -- changing the topic of an argument when they cannot handle the topic directly. They will tell you to think, to analyze, to do research, but once you have done so, and you present an idea, they will say “You’re just criticizing. You’re not doing anything.” (Daldal lang ng daldal, wala namang ginagawa.) Someone might even ask “Are you not the son of your father?” The logic here, if you haven’t noticed, is that if you're the son of your father, you must be wrong.

Red herring. Argumentum ad hominem. Non-sequitur. These are popular fallacies used by supporters of the present administration.

For the record, I was a government information officer for eight years, and one of my tasks was to think. A major project I was involved in was to convince investors that Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao are profitable places. So, partly, I’m responsible for the traffic mess in Lapasan.

Let me return to the original topic, to the Facebook accusation that critics do not have any solutions to offer. I replied by writing that according to the director general of the Philippine National Police Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa during a Senate hearing, China is the supplier of crystal meth (shabu) in the Philippines.

So, I continued, why doesn’t your president, who is a good friend of China, tell or request or demand that China stop the flow of shabu, and perhaps other illegal drugs, to the Philippines?

If the Philippines sends poisoned Manila Super Mangoes to China, and Chinese consumers who make mango float become sick, shouldn’t the Chinese government block the entry of Philippine mangoes instead of launching an assault against their citizens? Shouldn’t the Chinese police arrest Philippine traders and put them in jail, instead of hunting down their own people like wild ducks?

These weren’t my exact words in the Facebook dialogue but the idea is the same: Get to the source of the problem rather than the symptoms. Don’t kill the patient to cure the disease.

The Facebook group member didn’t reply for a few days. He might have done so later, but his message has never reached me because I have blocked him and several others. (Pre, if you’re reading this, there’s a space for comments in an older version of this article in Mindanao Gold Star Daily.)

As I was writing this article, I read a report about justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II who admits that drugs still enter the New Bilibid Prison. This is weird. We recall that Aguirre had charged that senator Leila de Lima was the cause for the proliferation of drugs in Bilibid, which explains why the government has put her in jail. We had also been promised that crime would stop six months after the election in 7,500 islands. So, go figure why the government cannot even prevent drugs from penetrating a guarded (?) government facility. Makes us wonder what other government buildings or offices have been contaminated.

Perhaps it’s time for de Lima and Aguirre to exchange places, and for a competent and healthy leader to take the helm.Black square indicates end of article.



Published June 21, 2017. Revised from an article published in Mindanao Gold Star Daily on June 19, 2017. © 2017 Elson T. Elizaga.