Economic Liberalization Plays A Huge Role In The War Against Drugs
Happy first of March everyone! March has become National Victim Card month hasn't it? If EDSA has to be put to rest for good then so should National Victim Card month. When March comes to mind I can think of Flor Contemplacion as well as the three drug mules. It's not enough to have strict law enforcement and arresting drug dealers and the quest to rehabilitate addicts. It's time to think of another reason why first world countries with strict anti-drug laws have a low drug rate. It's all about ECONOMIC LIBERALIZATION.
Call me crazy but didn't Marbobo Roxas just state that he knows where he can buy drugs in both Davao and Makati? Maybe the whole reason why Marbobo is against economic liberalization is because he's probably involved with narcopolitics. Maybe that's why a lot yellowtards don't want Leila Dilemma in jail is maybe they're probably beneficiaries of narcopolitics. If they opened up the economy then they wouldn't be getting hidden money anymore.
Now let's discuss how drug syndicates profit from economic protectionism and can be toppled down with economic liberalization.
It may sound crazy but here's what. Let's face it that many Filipinos tend to overspend. There's the culture of materialism. There's the tendency to think "mas marami kang magagandang bagay, mas mayaman ka" over "mas marami kang pera, mas mayaman ka." In English, they think that the more nice stuff you have the richer you are instead of the more money you have the richer you are. In short, they think that lifestyle and not income is an indicator of one's wealth. This alone makes them vulnerable to willful recruitment by Chinese drug syndicates.
Why some Filipinos choose to become OFWs is because of the huge salary they receive from abroad. There's also the problem that many OFW families tend to remain poor even if they have such huge salaries. Even if work abroad has bigger salaries than what Filipino businesses could offer but it's no walk in the park. There's no biglang yaman for those working abroad in developed countries. The desire for biglang yaman makes these people easy recruits for drug dealers who offer them these easy but risky jobs. Just one trip may get them more cash without much of a hassle.
Take note that the Chinese government didn't bring those drug dealers to the Philippines. If those Chinese crooks sold their drugs in China then they're certainly next in the chopping board. Do you remember what happened the Zheng Xiaoyu in China during the melamine scandal? The Chinese government didn't wink at his corruption charges and had him executed. Just imagine if he was able to move out from China to the Philippines then he may become best friends with Stinky Soliman.
How economic liberalization will also help the Philippines in its war against drugs
The war on drugs doesn't have to always involve shooting people unless in self-defense. Even if drug dealers were executed in the Philippines but that's not enough or it's not the best solution. If the Philippines would begin to open its doorway to foreign investors in the path of the Filipino interdependent policy then there's going to be some huge changes without the need to fire more bullets.
If there were more job opportunities available to Filipinos then anti-drug laws will become more effective without the need for more bullets. If foreign investors came to the Philippines with 50% or higher ownership (while under reasonable restrictions) then there's going to be more employment opportunities and income for the Philippines. Some foreign employers may even pay higher than what local employers have to offer. If there were more employment opportunities then biglang yaman recruiters will no longer have unemployed people to use. There will be much less reasons to join the drug syndicates because employment opportunities are booming for Filipinos. Filipino businesses may also benefit from both having new service providers and customers from foreign investors leading to them being able to pay higher salaries.
There's also the principle of supply and demand. Narcotics are made from everyday items we use like pain relievers or other types of medicines. If there were more foreign investors then think of it this way. If there were higher supplies of certain stuff that's either used to make medicines or to make narcotics then prices would go lower resulting in lower prices for both narcotics and medicines. If there were more companies who produce medicines then they would naturally buy the materials needed to make medicines (by the bulk) and narcotics before the drug syndicates could. If they were sold lower because there's a good supply for materials to make medicines then it would help enforce anti-smuggling laws therefore it may also help reduce money under the table at the Bureau of Customs.
By encouraging businesses to invest without the use of red tape then illegal protection will also be discouraged. Maybe one reason why foreign drug syndicates love the Philippines is because they have short cuts and legitimate foreign investors don't. Legitimate foreign investors are subject to 60/40 but foreign drug syndicates don't need a Filipino partner to operate. All they need to do is to pay the necessary government offices to protect them. But if legitimate foreign investors are allowed to have 50% and above for foreign investors with no unnecessary hurdles then drug syndicates have more competition in recruiting Filipinos.