ESPERON: Duterte still prioritizes anti-drug campaign

The ongoing campaign against illegal drugs remains a priority of the Duterte administration. This was bared by National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon during the “Tatak ng Pagbabago” Pre-SONA Forum held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City Wednesday. SOURCE: Anti-drug campaign still priority of Duterte gov’t: Esperon; By PTV News - KV - July 20, 2018;

When Rodrigo Duterte campaigned for president, he claimed that drug dealing and drug addiction were major obstacles to the Philippines’ economic and social progress. He promised a large-scale crackdown on dealers and addicts, similar to the crackdown that he engaged in when he was mayor of Davao, one of the Philippines’ largest cities on the southern island of Mindanao. When Duterte became president in June, he encouraged the public to “go ahead and kill” drug addicts. SOURCE: Human Rights and Duterte’s War on Drugs; Interview by Michelle Xu, Interviewer John Gershman, Interviewee; December 16, 2016;
The "Philippine Drug War" refers to the drug policy of the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte. It has been criticized locally and internationally for the number of deaths resulting from police operations and allegations of systematic extrajudicial executions. Duterte has urged members of the public to kill suspected criminals and drug addicts. The policy is supported by the majority of the local population, as well as by leaders or representatives of certain countries such as China, Japan and the United States. SOURCE:; "Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte urged people to kill drug addicts". Associated Press. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016 – via The Guardian.

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