PUBLIC SUPPORT TOWARDS THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ 2020 STRATEGIES: A COMPARISON OF INDONESIA AND PHILIPPINES
N ALMAREZ, DAVID
TOMARO, QUEENY PEARL V
KASIWI, AULIA NUR
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The problem of illicit drug trade and use in Philippines and Indonesia is a shared enemy that both countries are full-on in their efforts to defeat it. The efforts of the government of Indonesia and Philippines include the enforcement of their respective versions of ‘War on Drugs’. The strategies toward the implementation and enforcement of ‘War on Drugs’ are strict, rigid, and as some would say ‘bloody’. In the side of the government, the policy of War on Drugs is accepted and fully supported. It could however be different, if the perspective of the citizens is asked: “Do you support the War on Drugs Strategies of your government? Why or Why not?”. The perspective of the citizens is just as equally important as that of the policy-makers because the citizens are considered to be stakeholders of their own governments. Toward this end, it is reflected that a study which would examine and analyze the citizens’ (of Indonesia and Philippines) support to the War on Drugs Strategies should be undertaken with the hope of predicting the policy’s future through gauging the citizens’ acceptance and support. The research entitled, Public Support Towards The War on Drugs Strategies: A Comparison of Indonesia and Philippines, emerged to address the gap of the public’s acceptance and support to the respective War on Drugs Strategies enforced by the government of Indonesia and of the Philippines.