The Philippines’ Strongman Syndrome, Diplomacist

“However, the prioritization of the war on drugs has come at a grave cost to the Philippines’ economy and its issues with poverty. Anxious about Duterte’s leadership, many foreign investors have pulled their money out of the Philippines, rapidly dropping the value of the Peso to a seven-year low. The greatest consequence of the war on drugs is the dehumanization of drug addicts—many of those who are dependent on drugs also live in endemic poverty, unable to pull themselves out of addiction alone. In truth, this war is not so much a righteous struggle against drug usage in the nation as it is a crusade against the destitute of the Philippines. What few seem to have realized is that Duterte’s is less a war on drugs than it is a war on those stricken by poverty.”

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