The Country Of The Philippines

1751 WordsMay 3, 20178 Pages
The country of the Philippines has taken on a whole new perspective since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016. The countries drug problem has been reduced in a drastic way. The new President is making huge decisions on the countries relations with the United States, and he is now in the process of creating ties with China and Russia. The use of drugs in the Philippines has led to overcrowded prisons, disease outbreaks, and economic strain. Roughly three percent of the one hundred million people in the Philippines abuse drugs. (Lasco, 2016). Since President Rodrigo Duterte was elected in July of 2016, over 700,000 drug users have been taken off the streets. President Duterte introduced a drug campaign, which the…show more content…
Many prisoners were effected with this outbreak. Diseases can and often spread rapidly due to poor living conditions, and both sick and healthy inmates are grouped in the same cells (Daily Mail, 2016). It is assessed that if not treated correctly, the diseases that arise from the overcrowded prisons could spread out into the local populace. Tuberculosis (TB) is the main concern of an outbreak in diseases. Each person with active TB can spread the disease to 10 other Filipinos each year (Willie T. Ong, 2016). The overcrowding could also be an issue for the economy if bigger prisons are needed to be built to house the extra inmates. The current budget of the Philippines doesn’t cover the feeding and housing of the current inmates. Therefore, it will put added strain on the economy if extra prisons need built or rebuilt. Recently the Philippines opened a case towards China about their recent actions in the South China Sea. The escalation of the conflict of the South China Sea has put strain on the relationship between China and the Philippians. The South China Arbitration came about from the Philippines when they challenged the Peoples Republic of China. This arbitration concerned the role of historic rights and the source of maritime entitlements in the South China Sea (Hague, 2016). The Philippines thought that the Chinese were violating maritime rights by constructing artificial
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