“Addiction isn’t about substance—you aren’t addicted to the substance. You are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.” Susan Cheever
By Alex P. Vidal
SAD to say, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has failed to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in many campuses.
Classes have closed but not a single drug pusher that catered to university and college students was apprehended.
What was tackled in the media was “survival sex” or prostitution involving teenage students who sold their bodies for tuition and allowances.
The City Council even responded to the clamor of a university professor about “survival sex” and held a committee hearing on the issue.
Nothing has been heard after those committee hearings.
“The No. 1 problem that hounds the students (in some universities and colleges in Iloilo) today is illegal drugs. Prostitution is not new. It’s also a concern, but the problems on illegal drugs are still the most serious,” said a retired prosecutor who refused to be named because his grandchildren are studying in one of the universities involved.
The retired prosecutor said he does not want his grandchildren to be involved in illegal drugs and wants school authorities to tackle the problem with utmost priority in the next school opening.
His nephew was once arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted in Jaro “and I don’t want my grandchildren to remember anything about that incident.”
Sources said drug peddlers used small eateries and restaurants located in the university belts to transact business with students.
Shabu “runners” mixed with potential buyers in billiard halls, 24-hour min-marts, bakery and coffee shops and sometimes could be mistaken as university or office employees because they wore formal attires, sources said.
“Kambio banga” (a term coined by shabu pushers to refer to college coeds who offer sex services for shabu) is a combination of illegal drugs and prostitution “and the most serious problem that has not been addressed until now,” lamented the retired prosecutor.
College students short of cash don’t need to steal money to buy shabu, it was learned.
They offer their bodies for sex for shabu.
“They perform the sexual services while under the influence of shabu,” confirmed our informant, “Mr. Tooth Decay.”
Many students have dropped out and will miss the graduation ceremonies this summer because they are hooked on shabu; meaning they didn’t take their studies seriously and their schooling was interrupted by their addiction to illegal drugs, said our sources from the Central Philippine University (CPU) in Jaro district and University of Iloilo (UI) in the City Proper in Iloilo City.
UPDATE ON BONIFACIO DRIVE TRAFFIC. As of this writing, traffic jam was still giving motorists a colossal headache and terrible inconvenience on Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City Proper due to the ongoing road-widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
From the foot of the Forbes Bridge that links the City Proper to the district of La Paz, vehicles are trapped especially during rush hours.
The road going to the Atrium Mall could accommodate only a single lane.
Traffic management authorities should have declared the area as “one-way” only before the start of the DPWH project last March 2.
If they could not do it because they were not authorized, they should have sought the help of the City Council, which should have passed a resolution declaring the Bonifacio Drive as “one way” only.This is clearly a case of a “small” problem that has been neglected.