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Jul 21, 2016
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A post on Twitter about a man's alleged arrest because he resembled a known drug pusher has gone viral.

As of this writing, the said post has about 1,600 retweets and 1,200 likes since being uploaded on Wednesday, July 20, at 1:49 a.m by the account @ngelodelro. The post narrates how a man was nabbed by cops near the Gil Puyat station of the LRT after a woman gives these instructions: "Dalhin niyo na 'yan. Nahuli na 'yan dati Nagbebenta."

The post is a screen-capture from Facebook. The Twitter user reuploaded it with the original Facebook poster's name censored because according to him, the Facebook poster has been "receiving hate messages from D*30 fanatics."

The man said he was taken on a police mobile. He describes being scared because of the current government's extrajudicial killings relating to drugs, and believed he was going to suffer a similar fate as many drug pushers today. He was able to change the cops' minds when he faked having talked to an office colleague on the phone. He supposedly showed his PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) ID and Voter's ID to further convince the police that he might not be who they think he was. The man was eventually released.

The tweet appears below:

Whether the post is true or not, the fact that it had received significant retweets and likes underlie the anxiety a number of Filipinos may be feeling because of the perceived unwarranted killings in the current administration's war against drugs.


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How are the extrajudicial killings making you feel? 

I feel good about it. The country must be purged of the illegal drug trade. 

It's scary. Without due process, we can easily be mistaken for a drug pusher ourselves. 

I'm ambivalent about it. It's ridding the country of drug pushers. It can't be helped that there's collateral damage. 


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