Thursday, December 12, 2019

Duterte gov't still has to rid over 17,000 barangays of drugs

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says they are 'crossing their fingers' that they could still deliver President Rodrigo Duterte's promise of eradicating drugs by the end of his term DOOR-TO-DOOR.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino gave the assessment during a briefing in Malacañang.

The numbers fell short of President Duterte’s campaign promise of eradicating illegal drugs within 6 months.

Already halfway through his term, President Rodrigo Duterte's administration has yet to clear of drugs over 17,000 barangays in the Philippines, the chief of the country’s lead anti-drug agency said on Thursday, December 12.

Despite the setback, Aquino said they were still “crossing their fingers” that they could deliver Duterte’s vow to Filipinos.
By the count of their "Real Numbers" data initiative, the government has arrested over 220,000 drug suspects and seized tons of drugs, mostly P40.39-billion worth of methamphetamine (shabu).