- Data from PDEA shows that 92% of barangays in Metro Manila are affected by illegal drugs
- Around 1 in 5 barangays in the whole country are also affected by the illegal drug trade
- WHO data shows that the Philippines has one of the most number of per capita users of meth
Illegal drugs affect over 92 percent of all barangays in Metro Manila while approximately 1 in every 5 barangays all over the country fall victim to the illegal drug trade, according to data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The proliferation of illegal drugs in the Philippines has been one of the main highlights of the campaign platform of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to put a stop in the drug trade once and for all; even threatening violence against those caught selling drugs.
Duterte has also turned his eye on officials from the police, law enforcement agencies, and local government units, even going as far as declaring that up to 35 local officials are involved in illegal drugs.
“He named names. As a matter of fact he named one, which I cannot disclose because he said, ‘pwede ba [can it be that] let’s just leave it in this room. At top officials of the [Philippine National Police], and 35 local executives,” recalls Quezon province Representative Danilo Suarez in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Suarez had a recent meeting with the President-elect.
With less than a month to go before Duterte’s inauguration, a number of buy-bust operations have led to the capture of those involved in the trade.
In fact, just a few weeks ago, the PDEA led the destruction of more than P9 million worth of chemicals and paraphernalia used in the manufacture of methamphetamine hydrochloride or more popularly known as shabu.
“Public destruction ito. Nakikita ng lahat… Para mawala ang alinlangan ng ating mga kababayan na itong mga gamit na ito na nakukuha ng law enforcement agencies ay nare-recycle at nababalik sa kalsada. [This is public destruction. Everyone sees it. So that our countrymen will not worry that these items seized by law enforcement agencies are being recycled and returned to the streets],” PDEA Dir. Gen. Arturo Cacdac told CNN Philippines.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Philippines and Thailand have the highest number of methamphetamine users per capita in Asia.