By JOEY P. NACALABAN
“The war on drugs is the war against the poor.”
Thus said Senatorial candidate Florin “Pilo” Hilbay during a press conference here in the city last Sunday.
Hilbay was in the city as part of his campaign sorties across the country.
He said a lot of Filipinos believed on the promises of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the war on drugs.
Duterte, Hilbay claimed, had promised that he can stop illegal drugs in just three to six months. That is the promise that many Filipinos believed, he said.
“But it was the President himself who admitted that he can not stop drugs even by the end of his term. Ibig sabihin nito ang pangako ay napapako,” Hilbay said.
He said there must be a change in how people view the war on drugs.
The President, he said only focused his war on drug towards the small-time drug peddlers or the poor not to the main druglords.
Hilbay said there are no big time drug lords arrested or charged in court.
He said there is a need to rethink the policy on the drug problem.
“It’s becoming a war against the poor, not a war against drug syndicates,” he said.