Mexico, Philippines press collaboration in drug war

Cathy Yang, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 06 2018 04:49 PM

MANILA – Mexico is helping the Philippines fight illegal drugs under an agreement that the 2 countries signed in 3 years ago, the North American nation's envoy to Manila said Wednesday.

Realities on the ground, however, showed that a solution that worked in one country will not necessarily work in the other, said Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines Gerardo Lozano Arredondo.

"This country has its own reality and the only thing that we can do is to collaborate but it is not so easy to replicate the experience in one country when the reality is different,” he said.

"The agreement has several elements and one of the most important is the exchange of information, documents, about experiences. I think the best way to combat this issue is through collaboration," he said.

Sharing of information on the fight against illegal drugs was among areas of cooperation identified by then President Benigno Aquino III and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2015. The 2 leaders also agreed to crack down on tax avoidance and spur tourism.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who assumed office in 2016, has made the fight against illegal drugs one of the centerpieces of his government.