Since not all of us can go to Halsema to see the opium poppies planted by our kailian from Atok, Benguet (who was not aware that she was planting opium and that opium is illegal), I decided to upload this video which would hopefully make us a little more familiar with what the plant looks like.
You surely would not want those “pretending to be in a movie” drug enforcers to surround your house, point their AK-47 guns at you and your kids, and manhandle you like a common criminal mainly because you planted an opium poppy which you didn’t know was opium poppy, no?
Now that you are familiar with how an opium plant looks like, what would you do if you see some of them planted in one of our mountain ranges in the Cordilleras. Pick your answer from the multiple choices below.
A. Report it to authorities. Hope that they won’t accuse you as the planter. And wish that they will give you some reward.
B. If the opium was planted by someone, blackmail him/her to share whatever income s/he will get from the illegal plant or else you will report him/her to the authorities.
C. Steal the opium plants once they are ready for harvest. Get the seeds and plant them in a secret mountain range. Become very rich from trafficking opium. Be a drug lord and control all influential Filipino politicians. In other words, be the country’s king/queenmaker like those cocoa drug lords of Central/South America.
D. Take out your digital camera, take photos, and videos of the opium plant and blog about it. You will do this because you don’t want to get in trouble, you are not interested in any rewards if any, and you don’t want to help drug authorities because they are crooks.
So what’s your pick from the above choices? The Good Bill Bilig will probably pick letter A, the Evil Bill Bilig will choose letter C, while the Neither Good Nor Evil Bill Bilig will most likely choose letter D. What you gonna do?