From 6 months to 6 years: Duterte says war vs. drugs to last his entire term
President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to stamp out the illegal drug menace in the country for as long as he is in office, a departure from his earlier promise of solving the problem six months into his term.

From 6 months to 6 years: Duterte says war vs. drugs to last his entire term

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President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to stamp out the illegal drug menace in the country for as long as he is in office, a departure from his earlier promise of solving the problem six months into his term.

Speaking to TV5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdez on Dec. 29, Duterte said he needs more time to solve the drug problem now that he knows its full extent.

“Ito lumabas, nalaman ko nung nag-Presidente ako, ganito pala kalawak. It will last until the last day of my term, six years ‘to. And I have five years and a few days,” he said.

Duterte admitted he initially promised a shorter time to eradicate the drug menace because his knowledge about it was limited.

“I did not have the wherewithals, I did not have the information nor to access the information. Nobody was — I’m sure that you were horrified on your own TV when you saw by the thousands of Filipinos surrendering — payat tapos — all the time, yun pala ang nakikita ng lahat, they were all addicts,” he told Valdez.

Latest data from the Philippine National Police show that over a million drug addicts have surrendered to the government from July 1 to Dec. 31.

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