PDEA: Public impression on worsening drug situation is normal, but…
MANILA, Philippines – The impression of President Rodrigo Duterte and the public that the drug situation in the country is worsening is just “normal,” the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Wednesday.
“With the recent billions of pesos worth of illegal drug seized by PDEA and other law enforcement agencies, the President’s and even the ordinary people’s impression that the illegal drug operations are worsening is normal,” PDEA said in a statement sent through its spokesperson, Derrick Carreon.
The large shipments of illegal drugs seized in recent days, however, are “positive indicators” that the government is effective in implementing the campaign against narcotics, PDEA added.
In a television interview, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino denied that the drug situation in the country is worsening.
He said that the statement of the President could only be his “first impression” since billions of pesos worth of illegal drugs are now being confiscated, more voluminous compared to previous years.
During a campaign sortie of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan in Cagayan de Oro City, Duterte said that “things have worsened” and that the policemen are “at the brink of surrendering” in the war on drugs.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) agreed with Duterte, but said that it will not give up its relentless campaign against illegal drugs. / gsg
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