MANILA - Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat said he thinks it is too early to judge whether the Duterte government is successful in its war on drugs.
He noted that many countries have also embarked on a similar war on drugs and these, too, remain afflicted by the illegal drugs problem.
"In terms of them saying was it successful, karapatan nila 'yun. Sa atin, in the long run, kailangan pag-usapan din ng Kongreso ano naman 'yung kanilang imumungkahi dito sa budget when it comes to rehabilitation, when it comes to really solving, addressing the roots of the problem of the drug trade in the Philippines," Baguilat explained.
(It is their right to say the war on drugs is successful. But I’m more concerned about the consequences in the long run. There is a need for Congress to talk about their suggestions about allocating budget for rehabilitation, and on how to solve and address the roots of the problem.)
Baguilat reiterated his pitch for a comprehensive investigation on the illegal drug trade, including extrajudicial killings. He also said he disagrees with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's insistence against a congressional probe on the ground that there is no need for new laws.
"As I've said, maybe EJK is an indication that our justice system is weak, so baka may kinakailangan baguhin na batas sa justice system. Or it's really part of our oversight functions. Alamin natin because we provide the budget. We pass the law. Bahagi ng trabaho ng Kongreso 'yung oversight na magkaroon ng checks and balance sa executive," he explained.
(As I've said, maybe EJK is an indication that our justice system is weak, so there might be a need to amend laws concerning our justice system. Or it’s really part of our oversight functions. There is a need for us to know since we allocate the budget. We pass the law on appropriations. Oversight is part of the legislative branch's function to provide checks and balances to the executive branch.)
"Let's investigate the entire drug problem. Let it be more systematic, not personality oriented," Baguilat added.