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)