Ejercito: Time to reevaluate drug war strategy

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 30 2017 09:07 AM | Updated as of Aug 30 2017 12:55 PM

MANILA - After the killing of teenager Kian delos Santos during a police operation, Senator JV Ejercito said it may be time to reevaluate the war on drugs.

Speaking to ANC, Ejercito said the drug war should start focusing on the bigger picture and target the source of illegal drugs instead of just neutralizing small time pushers.

"It would not hurt to reevaluate and reassess whether the Oplan Double Barrel and this strategy of trying to neutralize small time pushers is really effective." he said Wednesday.

Ejercito said it is alarming that while small time pushers are being killed, the people involved in the P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China that slipped past Customs almost got away with the crime.

The senator maintained he still supports the war on drugs but it takes more than targeting small time pushers to solve the problem. He also stressed the need to uphold human rights in doing so.

The senator, meanwhile, laments that some police officials are abusing strong public support for President Rodrigo Duterte in the campaign against illegal drugs.

"With Kian's case, I'm hoping this time the President will be more careful in his pronouncements because his very strong support for the military and police might be misinterpreted by some as a marching order to go on a killing spree without regard for rule of law and respect for human rights," he said.