PUBLISHED ONAug 2016
The Philippines has a new president, Rodrigo Duterte. Many people have taken his promises seriously and they will be expecting results. We have to help him succeed in fighting corruption and criminality within the law. The killing of suspects is not the way. That will bring down international condemnation and shame and the Philippines will be the pariah of the civilized world. The Secretary General of the United Nations has already spoken against Philippine death squads killing journalists already. If the vigilantes have their way, the presidency will be gravely affected and branded as a killer regime and violator of human rights.
Discipline, no-nonsense, no compromise with evil and corrupt officialis, the way. Civil society has to report abuse and corruption without fear and expose it so the president can remedy it. Civil society can help him to meet those goals in a right and lawful way.
The Philippines has excellent penal colonies on remote islands where the convicted prisoners work to support themselves and the colony. That is where the drug dealers, rapists, child abusers and corrupt officials should be sent to fulfill a just sentence. President-elect Duterte could have spectacular success in fighting crime by using the legal pen rather than the gun.
Reintroducing the death penalty, if the Congress will pass it, will do nothing to deter crime, especially, white collar crimes and banking crimes, the heinous crimes of the one percent who own seventy percent of the country. The strict implementation of just laws is the way.
The corrupt officials in government and business have to be investigated, charged and brought to trial. Corruption drives hundreds of thousands of children on to the streets in horrendous poverty and misery and without social welfare.
Hanging a few drug dealers or child rapists will not deter a child rapist or foreign sex tourist.
For sure, the hoped-for anti-crime action of President Duterte will be a big success if he will order the cancellation of government licenses and permits of sex bars, brothels, karaoke joints and sex hotels.
These are proven fronts for prostitution and sex and drug abuse centers for children and young girls in debt bondage. Drugs are always there to make the girls submissive and docile for the rough foreign rapists.
President Duterte would score a very visible nationwide, anti-crime success in one stroke of the pen and save thousands of young girls and minors from a hateful life of sex slavery and human trafficking. But to pull the trigger will bring abomination on the nation and make us look worse than the criminals who are killed by death squads.
Now if the new president really wants to show crime-fighting success, he can immediately strike a blow at the heart of the cyber-crime child abuse online. He only has to get the police and the National Telecommunications Commission to implement the 2009 anti-child pornography law and make the internet service providers (ISPs) obey it.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has apparently sold out to the interests of the ISPs owned by the big telecommunications companies and do not implement the law. The anti-child porn law of 2009 says the ISPs must block child pornography on the internet. The images of children being sexually abused pass through their servers. This failure by the telecommunications companies to obey the law is a serious crime.
President-elect Duterte can strike another success by simply ordering the existing law be obeyed and changing all the people at the NTC with his non-bribe taking, non-corrupt people. It will immediately remove millions of gigabytes of child porn data from the ISP servers and open up the broadband to faster internet connection for all.
The children, who we all must protect and heal, will be safer and live in a better, cleaner world.