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Ilan ba talaga adik? Robredo doubts anti-drug body’s estimate of 4M drug users

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Vice President Leni Robredo wants the government to come up with a concrete figure on how many Filipinos use illegal drugs in the country so she can have a clearer picture of the problem.

Robredo on Friday (November 8) said she was only given estimates on the number of drug users in the country by officials of the agencies comprising the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

The Vice President has been designated as ICAD co-chairperson.

Robredo said the Dangerous Drugs Board placed the number of drug addicts in the country at 1.8 million based on the results of a survey it conducted in 2016.

However, ICAD has a “working number” of 4 million drug users.

“Ngayong hapon, naging klaro iyon na iyong mga numerong iyon hindi din klaro. Iyong 1.8 [million] ang pakiramdam, not just DDB but also the other members of the ICAD. Ang pakiramdam, parang iyong integrity ng numbers hindi masyadong puwedeng pagkatiwalaan kasi iyong, parang iyong circumstances, iyong sample size, iyong lahat iba naman,” Robredo said.

She noted that no less than President Rodrigo Duterte had said that as many as eight million Filipinos were using illegal drugs, though the basis for the figure was unknown.

The Vice President said the DDB is already conducting another survey to update its statistics on the use of illegal drugs in the country.

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