Duterte releases P1-B for drug dependents' medicines

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 13 2016 05:06 PM | Updated as of Dec 13 2016 08:16 PM

'Mabuti na hindi kayo lumabas ng bahay'

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he has released P1 billion to fund the medicines of drug dependents in the country.

Duterte said the P1 billion was sourced from the P5 billion remitted by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).

“Itong tinamaan ng droga, if you’re really on the program of the health officers of the city, nandyan lang kayo sa bahay. Mabuti na hindi kayo lumabas ng bahay. Magkulong kayo sa bahay. Kapag nakita ko kayo sa labas dadamputin kita,” Duterte said.

“Wait for about 1 or 2 days, I will also release another P1 billion. Doon niyo kunin ang mga medications niyo.”

Another P1 billion, Duterte said, will be allocated for the medicines of other impoverished patients.

“Sabi ko sa DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development], ibigay ko itong P1 billion for all of the Filipinos now today to buy medicines, lahat ng Pilipino may hawak ng reseta,” he said.

Amid calls from human rights group to see drug addiction as a health problem, Duterte has been softening his stance towards drug dependents.

The president recently inaugurated a mega rehabilitation facility in Fort Magsaysay, funded by a Chinese tycoon, which can accommodate up to 10,000 drug dependents.