Decoding Duterte’s drug war:
What the terms mean in law

THE LAWS and official documents abound with terms and concepts that are sometimes easy and clear, but often vague and difficult, to fathom. But it is by their letter and intent that the virulent war on drugs of the Duterte administration must be implemented by the authorities, and must be understood by the citizens.

Let us unpack those that are most often repeated in the unyielding discourse on the drug war:

1. Drug User

2. Drug Pusher

4. High-Value Target

3. High-Profile Target

7. Arrest

8. Arrested

6. Neutralization

9. Surrenderer

10. Deaths Under Investigation

27. Breach of Internal Discipline

29. Personnel Involved in Illegal Drugs

12. Case Cleared

11. Investigation Concluded

28. Drug Rehabilitation

26. In-Patient Center

25. Outpatient Center

15. Crime Rate

14. Crime Volume

16. Average Monthly Crime Rate

18. Crime Solution Efficiency

17. Crime Clearance Efficiency

24. Drug-Affected Barangay

21. Slightly Affected

20. Moderately Affected

19. Seriously Affected

22. Drug-Unaffected Barangay

23. Drug-Cleared Barangay

Drug-Cleared Barangay (1)