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Duterte doubts PDEA will succeed in drug war: Nagamit ko na nga lahat may problema pa rin!

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President Rodrigo Duterte appears to be psyching the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for failure as he expressed doubt that it will succeed in the war on drugs.

In a speech before businessmen Thursday (October 19), Duterte said he does not want to oversee the conduct of the war on drugs after designating PDEA as the lead agency for it.

“I don’t know if they will succeed because in the previous months. I utilized everybody. And yet we still have the problem,” he said.

The Philippine National Police, which used to lead the government’s anti-drug campaign, has been relegated to the sidelines since Duterte assigned PDEA to be in charge of running after drug suspects.

Duterte said he feels strongly about solving the drug problem because of his belief since he was mayor of Davao City that there can be no peace until there is law and order.