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(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) It was in Upper Calarian, two nights ago, two friends argued inside a house. Then, one pulled a revolver and shot the other in the head. When authorities responded to the scene of the crime, it was found out materials use for the illegal drugs—shabu, were found littered all over.

Hence, the same authorities who responded to the place concluded that the earlier crime was probably committed in connection to the use or sale of illegal drugs. It could be some misunderstanding to the payments or the even sharing of the proceeds of their partnership.

The duo is, accordingly, former good friends, it is, thus, unlikely for any normal person just simply to draw a gun and shoot a buddy, unless something indeed was not right going on between them. You see how the use of illegal drugs can destroy the bond of friendship to betrayal and murder or homicide.

So it happened in Upper Calarian! Neighborhoods closer to military camps or to military personnel are not spared now in the influence of the use and sell of the illegal drugs. Fishy things did really happen at the nose of the public officers. The trade of the latter must have been so stealthy to skip in the surgical precision eyes of the military.

The skills of some evil men have mutated so much that sometimes their exploits are too good to be true, but when sour relationships, which could end relative to this crime, eventually exposes the maze of their kind of underworld. The drug problem of Zamboanga City is now serious. It already had accelerated to a very alarming state.

PDEA once briefed the media that Zamboanga, though, is not a manufacturing City for the illegal drugs, but it is a an important transit place to the rest of the region, including the Islands of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, due to its accessibility by air, land and sea transportations.

The disclosed official statistic of a reliable agency, for the matter of the illegal drugs, is believably perfect for La Bella. It is no wonder that despite of the series of endless of raids and by-bust operations of the police and the military in the different barangays, yet it still seemed to be ineffective in comparison to the actual mammoth size of the real problem of the illegal drugs.

However, our authorities must not stop despite of the formidable challenges. We must not succumb to the idea that the trade of the illegal drugs is already part of our modern day society. It is still a cancer which must be destroyed because if not, it will continue to alienate, especially, our youths to countless of evils in our days.

For a man to shoot a friend is unthinkable, but it did happen because of the illegal drugs they secretly involved in their friendship. The ugly face of the crystalline substance, or locally known as shabu, could reveal countless of twisted characteristics of human behaviors, which have developed overtime in their underworld.

What a seeming action and drama in movies can surprisingly happen anytime in the streets of our City because of this wrong influence. Either the sale or the use of illegal drugs is wrong and evil. Every Zamboangueño must understand this fact to avoid its horrifying consequences in the future.

“For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. ‘From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,’ says the LORD of hosts…” (Malachi 3:6-7, NIV)

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