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Colombia’s ex-president turns to TIME to criticize Duterte: Like it or not, drugs will stay in PH

Apr 21, 2017 @ 8:24

Colombia’s former president, Cesar Gaviria, has criticized President Rodrigo Duterte anew for his bloody approach to solving the problem on illegal drugs.

From writing an opinion piece for the New York Times, Gaviria has turned to TIME Magazine to stress his point that Duterte’s war on drugs is bound to fail.

In his writeup for Duterte as part of TIME’s list of 100 Most Influential People for 2017, Gaviria said Duterte’s strategy “is as ill advised as his grasp of history.”

Gaviria, who ruled Colombia from 1990 to 1994, made the remark after quoting Duterte’s statement that he would be “happy to slaughter” 3 million drug addicts like Adolf Hitler.

The former Colombian president said more than half of Hitler’s 11 million victims were Jews.

During his term, Gaviria recalled being “seduced” to waging a war on drugs. Later, he found out that it was “unwinnable” despite spending billions for apprehending drug addicts.

“The cure was infinitely worse than the disease,” he said.

Instead of waging a bloody war against drugs, Gaviria said Duterte should treat drugs as a health, human rights and development issue.

“He could prosecute the most violent criminals and provide treatment for users than condemn them to prison, or worse,” he said.

“There will always be drugs in the Philippines, whether the President likes it or not,” Gaviria added.

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