CLARK FREEPORT -- President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that the war on drugs will be a policy until the dying days of his life.
“Give me a little bit of time and I will finish it to the last month,” the President stressed during his attendance to the first-ever Kapampangan Food Festival recently.
Duterte added that as the President, his duty is to build a good nation by eradicating illegal drugs in the society.
“Allow me space to build a good nation. Do not destroy my country because I will destroy you. Do not destroy the youth of the land, because they are our only assets,” he warned.
Answering critics from the United Nations and other international organizations regarding the war on drugs, the Chief Executive also clarified that he doesn’t enjoy the killings in the country.
“We do not enjoy killing. It is not a good policy but we are besieged with a very terrible problem. If there is another way to solve this, let me know. I will walk the extra mile and walk one day to find it. But in the meantime, I will not allow you to destroy my country,” he said.
Specifically, Duterte said that his administration is giving emphasis on shabu (crystal meth) as this is the drugs addressed to the poor.
“Unlike heroine, ecstasy and other illegal drugs, shabu is cheaper and can be bought for as low as P200. It is also more dangerous because unlike the other forms which are organic, it is a mixture of deadly chemicals and can cause aggressive and violent behavior,” the President explained.
Based on his reports, he said he already lost around 300 policemen in the drug war; with an average of six to eight policemen or soldiers lost per day in drug-related cases in Mindanao.
In addition, 42 percent of the total barangays are contaminated with shabu, and 9,000 policemen are in the shabu business and also shabu addicts.
In closing, he also warned the mayors not to you use the public office to drug the country, if they do not want to suffer the consequences, like what happened to the late Ozamis City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog. (PIA)