It seems the country has a lot more to worry about than its big, bad neighbor from hell—China.
This is because the long, bloody, dirty hands of the illegal drugs trade extend all the way across the globe from the dreaded Latin American narcotics capital—Mexico.
Such is the breadth, scope, and reach of the international illicit drug trade.
And quite ironically, the country’s geographic fix or location in the Asia-Pacific region makes it a key transhipment point for the contraband.
This is not to belittle the fact that the Philippines is already a very big market of more than 100 million people for illegal drugs.
In short, it is a natural, logical destination for the Lat-Am drug cartels.
Thus, President Duterte said Mexico’s Sinaloa illegal drugs cartel is using the Philippines for transhipment.
In his speech during the courtesy call of volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in Malacañang, the President said the Mexican illegal drugs cartel is now using the Philippines for transhipment because the US has strengthened its drive against illegal drugs.
“I’m telling you now. I will never, never, never, foist a lie. That is the truth,” he said.
This information was among the reasons why the President has strengthened the government’s nationwide anti-illegal drugs campaign.
The President said that if he is not able to eradicate the illegal drugs problem it would be a problem forever.
“Seven years from now, double the addicts, by the increase, then we will have the narcopolitics,” he warned.
The President has repeatedly warned about the dangers on the use of shabu or metamphetamine because of its chemical components.
Citing forensics’ statement, the President said a year of continuous usage of shabu would shrink a user’s brain and it cannot be resolved through rehabilitation.
The Chief Executive said shabu addicts are very dangerous because they commit crime like stealing and rape and the situation has resulted in a drug war.
“You want me to fight the drug war, I am not fighting a crisis, I am fighting a war,” he noted.
Earlier, he named several personalities allegedly were among the major players in the domestic illegal drugs industry, and these include a certain Wu Tuan, alias Peter Go, who is currently detained at the New Bilibid Prisons; Peter Lim alias “Jaguar”; and Herbert Colangco.
He has also exposed the names of several active and retired police officers allegedly involved in illegal drugs trade and these are retired Police Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and General Vicente Loot and police generals Bernando Diaz, Joel Pagdilao, and Eduardo Tinio.