Most Filipinos believe there are less drug addicts – SWS

Most Filipinos believe there are less drug addicts – SWS

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A police officer organizing a number of drug surrenderers.Image from the Straits Times.

The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey reports that most Filipinos believe fewer drug users are in their areas now versus last year.

Malacañang released a statement on Saturday welcoming the news, saying that the favorable results are a “validation” of President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Even as our people acknowledge the Administration’s efforts to bring down the number of drug personalities, our focus and drive remain unwavering in destroying the drug apparatus and putting behind bars the drug pushers, with strict observance to operational protocols, until the last day of the President’s term of office in 2022,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Panelo said that critics of the administrations should ” stop playing blind dumb and instead listen to the people.”

“The political opposition and the detractors of the President have been most vocal in using the drug war to vilify the Chief Executive and his Administration even bringing the issue to the International Criminal Court. They remain skeptical, unimpressed and indifferent of the significant strides made by our authorities in relation to prohibited narcotics even pointing out there remains demand and supply on illegal drugs,” he added.

The SWS survey was conducted in December 2018. It showed that, overall, 66 percent of Filipinos believe that their areas have seen a decrease in the number of drug addicts around since last year. Mindanao had the highest percentage of respondents who answered the survey saying that their areas have less drug addicts now, reaching 83 percent of respondents. Visayas showed 71 percent, Metro Manila at 67 percent, and balance Luzon at 54 percent.

68 percent of respondents in rural areas believe the number of illegal drug addicts in their area decreased, while in urban areas 63 percent believed this.

A whole-of-nation- approach has been adopted by the Duterte administration to combat the proliferation of illegal drugs in Philippine society. Just this week, a pro-active citizen and fisherman in the Dinagat Islands reported 37 blocks of cocaine floating in the waters offshore to authorities, leading to the seizure of over 450 million pesos worth of illegal drugs.

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