Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Noynoy Aquino Said Duterte Drug War Ineffective, Malacañang Hit back

Former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III said that current President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war is ineffective. Aquino told reporters on Tuesday that during his term in 2015, statistics showed that there were 1.8 million drug users in the Philippines. At the end of 2016, the number of drug users in the country remained at 1.8 million.

“Parang wala yatang nangyari (It seems like nothing happened),” Aquino said.

Malacañang answered back with facts and figures:

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said “Comments like the above from past leaders imply a jaded cynicism borne of a history of political opportunism, the results of (President Rodrigo Duterte’s) anti-illegal drug campaign speak for themselves.”

- unprecedented voluntary surrender of more than 1.3 million drug personalities
- 96,703 drug personalities have been arrested in the first year of the Dutertes administration’s war on drugs compared to 77,810 drug personalities arrested in the six years of the Aquino administration.
- 2,445.80 kilos of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) have been seized in the first year of the present administration’s anti-drug campaign compared to the 3,219.07 kilos of shabu seized in the six years of the previous administration.

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