MANILA, Philippines — Demand for illegal drugs is expected to increase as pandemic mobility restrictions are eased, an official with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Wednesday.
“Yes, I’m doing that anticipation,” DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing told the ANC when asked if the agency expects drug demands to increase with pandemic restrictions. relaxed.
“Unfortunately, as people make money and people lose their jobs, they would like to look for other ways to make money and illegal drugs are unfortunately only one of them,” said he added.
For this reason, Densing said the government will continue to be aggressive in its war on drugs.
“But as long as the government continues to be aggressive and, as I mentioned, resilient, in the illegal drug agenda, as we say we wouldn’t be able to bring down illegal drugs at hundred percent, at least we put at a minimum level, ”he added.
In light of this, the official also reiterated his call for presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to embrace the “war on drugs” during his administration.
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“I hope the presumptive president Bongbong Marcos will continue the war on drugs,” he said.
The war on drugs waged by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has been marred by allegations of extrajudicial executions and vigilante killings allegedly carried out by police officers.
More than 6,000 people were killed during the administration’s war on drugs according to the latest data available from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The International Criminal Court had opened an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the war on drugs led by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte but suspended it in November 2021 at the request of the Philippine government.
Duterte admitted his failure to end the drug problem in the country. Ending illegal drug activity in the country was one of his campaign promises when he ran for president in 2016.
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