The Philippines was already a “narco state” in 2013, when Benigno Aquino III was President.
This was the claim made by President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday (October 25), as he underscored the severity of the drug problem in the country.
In a speech before foreign diplomats and abogados, Duterte said drugs was already flooding the Philippines during the terms of Aquino and his predecessor, incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
“Little did we realize that as early as four years ago during Aquino’s time, we had already become a narco state,” he said.
Duterte said the drug problem affects all levels of the government: from the national level down to the barangays.
After he assumed office in June 2016, Duterte said he had to spend two months studying the extent of the drug problem before ordering cops to go after drug suspects.