PDEA: More shabu seized in 3-year drug war than entire Aquino admin


Posted at Jan 10 2020 12:22 PM

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Authorities seized almost twice as much shabu halfway into President Rodrigo Duterte's administration compared to that of his predecessor Benigno Aquino III, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said Friday, following criticism from Vice President Leni Robredo. 

PDEA seized 5.24 tons of shabu since 2016, while the Aquino admin hauled 3.29 tons of the same narcotic in 6 years, said the agency's spokesman Derreck Carreon. 

Authorities, he added, dismantled 14 clandestine laboratories that could have produced 96.65 tons of narcotics yearly.

"We must be doing something right," he told ANC. 

Robredo, an ally of Aquino, said Monday that Duterte's drug war confiscated only 1 percent of the 156,000 kilos of shabu that flooded the country yearly since 2016. 

The figure that the Vice President cited was a "wild assumption" based on police estimate, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said. 

"We are really in uproar about this... It's like downplaying the sacrifices of all those people who put their lives and limb on the line everyday," Carreon said of Robredo's remarks. 

The Vice President's report will be "a challenge for us to prove that indeed we are making a dent on the illegal drug industry," he said. 

ANC, Jan. 10, 2020