A foreigner explains why Duterte's war on drugs in the Philippines is failing miserably



A foreigner named Walter White, 60 year old American from Los Angeles California explained why we might be worsening the drug problem here in the Philippines as we go on our war against it.

On May 9, 2016, Duterte won the Philippine presidential election, garnering 16,601,997 votes (39.01% of total votes cast. His domestic policy has focused on combating illegal drug trade by initiating the Philippine Drug War. Following criticism from United Nations human rights experts that extrajudicial killings had increased since the election, he threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the UN and form a new organization with China and African nations.

White says that the focus on eradicating the drug traffickers, and pushers, ignores one of the fundamental law of market, supply and demand.

White said that limiting the suppliers of drugs without reducing the demand will only make drug prices increase and will force drug lords to produce more drugs and encourage more traffickers due to the high profit possibility. Saying that the current method not only will make drug lords more productive, the availability will also increase.

"Drug prices doesn't effect the demand from users. No matter how much the price of drugs is, it will be bought. This means more profit for the drug lords, and more profit encourages more production."

The foreigner states that this war on drugs method will only produce more violence without actually achieving any goals.


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