President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday compared the country's drug problem to cancer which he said is already in the second stage.
In a speech during the inauguration and ceremonial switching of the Iloilo coal-fired power plant, Duterte showed a thick pile of papers containing the names of alleged public officials involved with illegal drugs.
“We were already a narco-politics state given the so many thousands of policemen, municipal mayors and mayors involved,” he said.
Duterte said the list contains about 5,000 names of government officials ranging from policemen, barangay captains and mayors.
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Last Saturday, Duterte announced that he may submit his final narcotics list to the National Security Council (NSC) and the legislative branch before the end of the month.
The President also reiterated his view that the portals of narco politics were opened by his top critic Senator Leila de Lima.
“What is really tragic is that… pinakamasama talaga, she (De Lima) was the secretary of justice but she was doing it (illegal drugs) on her own.”