PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has announced a P1 billion fund for the medicines of drug dependents.
The P1 billion was sourced from the P5 billion remitted by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), according to Duterte.
“Itong tinamaan ng droga, if you’re really on the program of the health officers of the city, nandyan lang kayo sa bahay. Mabuti na hindi kayo lumabas ng bahay. Magkulong kayo sa bahay. Kapag nakita ko kayo sa labas dadamputin kita,” Duterte said during his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before leaving for Cambodia.
“Wait for about 1 or 2 days, I will also release another P1 billion. Doon niyo kunin ang mga medications niyo.”
Another P1 billion, Duterte said, will be allocated for the medicines of other impoverished patients.
“Sabi ko sa DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), ibigay ko itong P1 billion for all of the Filipinos now today to buy medicines, lahat ng Pilipino may hawak ng reseta,” he said.
Duterte said the DSWD will find out where drug addicts live, check their medicines, and supply their medication for treatment.
“There are about four million of you. I don’t know if there will be enough. I still have three (billion). You can still buy medicines, for example tranquilizer, medicines that will keep you calm, medicines that will restore your sanity kung mahabol pa,” Duterte said.
“Mahal, but I hope one billion will go a long way to treat you this Christmas,” he added.
Duterte said jocosely he would provide ropes to hopeless drug addicts so that they could just hang themselves.
“Ngayon, ‘pag talagang luku-luko na at walang...alibyo na ang katawan, hindi na maisuli, padala ako ng mga lubid. Magbigti na lang kayo,” he said.
Duterte, whose violent war on drugs has been criticized both locally and abroad for its increasing death toll, previously mentioned that the P1 billion from Pagcor’s P5 billion check will provide free medicines to Filipinos.
The President recently inaugurated a mega rehabilitation facility in Fort Magsaysay, funded by a Chinese tycoon, which can accommodate up to 10,000 drug dependents.