AGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – Some agreed but others did not on the proposal making illegal drugs trade legal. A member non-government organization, who asked not to be named, said he is not in favor of legalizing illegal drugs in the country. He said he can’t imagine what would it be a country of drug addicts. Some government officials are in favor of making illegal drugs trade and use legal, saying it would probably help raise taxes.
Just recently, Mayor Efren Tungol of Alburquerque town has proposed of what he called “solution” to the proliferation of illegal drugs in the province that appeared to be unabated. “Legalize the illegal drugs,” he said unequivocally in an interview at his office yesterday.
He said that just like in the United States of America, the use of marijuana (cannavis) has already been made lawful by the authorities. Anyway, the Philippines is importing, if not imitating, things even democracy style, from the USA.
If the illegal drugs are made legal, there’ll probably be no more illegal trade of these substances since they are now be taxed and consequently the government earns, he said.
He also hinted that legalizing the use of “shabu” if ever feasible should be studied well. All these can be done through legislative acts, he said.
The mayor expressed concern over the prevalence of illegal drugs trade and abuse though his town has negligible drug-related incidents.
Ms. Pat Ruiz a concerned city resident commented on the proposal, “Then he needs more to study the responsibility of a community of addicts; the relationship of addiction and the issue of peace and order; addiction and human development. The more I am disappointed.”
It will be recalled that “shabu” worth PhP23.1 million confiscated last year remains the favourite stuff of all illegal drugs used in Central Visayas, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) earlier said.
“Shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) had 85% among the illegal substances being popularly used, according to PDEA.
“Marijuna” or MJ, derived from “cannavis” plant, came in next with 12.%; Nabuphine HCI, 1.94%; ecstacy, .36%; and cocaine, .24%, according to the PDEA report.