While human rights groups are questioning the drastic reforms of the Philippine government to eliminate drugs, the Philippine government claims it has taken huge step to eradicate drugs in the Philippines and it could be the first state to win a war against illegal drugs.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino told the international media that the Philippine could be the world’s first country to win the war against drugs after President Rodrigo assumed the presidency two years ago.
The Philippine government reported that at least 5,000 drug suspects and traders were killed in encounters with police forces while 150,000 others were arrested and jailed.
All of these were the result of the 110,395 anti-drug operations from July 2016 to September 2018. Moreover, early this week, Philippine lawmakers are also investigating a case involving the confiscation of 1.6 tons of smuggled illegal drugs estimated to be at $590 million.