Malacañang considers President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drug a success since over a million drug users have surrendered to authorities since he assumed office on July 1.
Citing figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said 1,007,153 drug users have voluntarily surrendered to authorities from July 1 to Dec. 31.
These pushers and users, he said, surrendered “through the continuous efforts and relentless operations of the PNP to curtail the illegal drug trade in the country in line with the President’s directive.”
“Without a doubt the President’s anti-drug war is a success. It is evident we are hitting the mark in our campaign against illegal drugs,” Andanar said.
But more than the statistics, the Palace official said the 32-percent reduction in the country’s crime rate is yet another proof that the government’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs has been effective.
“It is therefore not surprising that the people’s satisfaction, approval and trust of the President remain high. People feel safer in the streets and at night because the number of theft, carjacking, robbery, rape, physical injury has decreased,” he said.
Andanar assured there will be no let-up in the administration’s war against illegal drugs even as it shifts to “public health mode” for 2017.
He said the 10,000-bed capacity mega drug rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija is expected to be fully operational by next year for recovering addicts.