MANILA - The European Union on Monday denied President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that the bloc has suggested that the Philippine government build illegal drug stations in the country.
“Ang E.U., they communicated to us and they want a health-based solution for the drugs. Alam mo ang mga p****** i**, they want us to build clinics, then we should, instead of arresting or putting them in prison, pareho doon sa ibang countries, you go there and if you want shabu they will inject you or give you shabu. Then you go out,” Duterte said.
(The E.U., they communicated to us and they want a health-based solution for the drugs. These sons of b*****, they want us to build clinics, then we should, instead of arresting or putting them in prison, just like in other countries, you go there and if you want shabu they will inject you or give you shabu. Then you go out.)
In a statement, the E.U. said it has never suggested the use of any substitution drug in the treatment of drug addiction.
"At no time has the E.U. Delegation suggested, discussed, proposed or considered the use of any substitution drugs when treating addiction to methamphetamine (shabu), or any other drug addiction in the Philippines," E.U. said.
It EU added that it is working with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), in implementing a pilot program addiction recovery in select barangays.
"The program aims to support recovery from addiction, while keeping families together and facilitating development of social and job skills," the E.U. said.
"Together with colleagues in DOH and civic authorities, we are developing plans for model pilot Recovery Clinics and Recovery Homes. These will be fully voluntary facilities and will serve as a step-up level of care for patients who require additional support to community support measures," it added.
The E.U. reiterated that it has actively supported the country's DOH for many years.
"Over the past decade support has amounted to €120 million (Php 6.5 billion). This support has been mainly channeled through DOH budget," the E.U. said.
Among the programs supported by the bloc are improving maternal and child health in remote areas, supporting first line health care, enhancing supply chain management to distribute medicines to rural health units and first line clinics and financing dental buses enabling dental care to reach many in need who otherwise would have no access.