Aquino comments on Duterte's war on drugs: Parang wala yatang nangyari

Former President Benigno PNoy Aquino III hits on the effectiveness of Duterte administration's campaign to fight illegal drugs, saying his administration did not launch an all-out war but was able to reduce the statistic of illegal drug users.

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Aquino referring from the Dangerous Drugs Board said the number of drug users when he assumed office was at 1.7 million, and they were able to curb it down to 1.3 million mid-term, only to see it rise back to 1.8 million in 2015.

He said that a fired DDB board chair, who he stressed he did not appoint, also said that there are currently 1.8 million drug users in the country. He was pertaining to Chairman Benjamin Reyes, who was removed from his post in May for supposedly contradicting the government’s official data.

Aquino emphasized during his term, my term, there were 1.8 million drug users. Now, despite an all-out campaign against illegal drugs, there are still 1.8 million drug users according to a government survey.

"So para makita natin kung may success or failures, kailangan mai-compare natin, sa English, apples to apples: Ano ba yung status, ano ba yung statistika?," he said.

"Parang walang nangyari," he stressed.

When asked if he believes this means President Rodrigo Duterte' s anti-drug is ineffective he answered vaguely.

"Hindi ko alam pero maganda sanang [mai]paliwanag yung bakit parehong pareho yung mga numero," he answered.

Aquino also said his whereabouts regarding the bloody raid in Ozamiz City.

"Eh halos tabla yung numero. Tabla yung numero, naka-kubli kung pinutukan sila kaagad, i-assume natin na kumubli yung mga nasa loob, medyo dapat ata mas marami yung sugatan dun sa mga lumulusob," he said.

Source: ABS-CBN NewsInquirer