News Release

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On ex-politician’s comment “parang wala yatang nangyari”


With all due respect to former President Aquino, the results of PRRD’s anti-illegal drug campaign speak for themselves.

One, the Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign resulted in the unprecedented voluntary surrender of more than 1.3 million drug personalities.

Two, 96, 703 drug personalities have been arrested in the first year of the present administration’s anti-drug campaign compared to 77,810 drug personalities arrested in the six years of the previous administration.

Three, 2,445.80 kilos of shabu has been seized in the first year of the present administration’s anti-drug campaign compared to the 3,219.07 kilos of shabu seized in the six years of the previous administration.

Much ground has been gained in the campaign against hard drug traffickers and violators, but the mission is to end the demand, production, distribution and sale of illegal drugs.

Comments like the above from past leaders imply a jaded cynicism borne of a history of political opportunism.