“MR. President, China is the source of illegal drugs in the country.”
Thus said Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano as a reminder for President Rodrigo Duterte “in case he forgot and was overwhelmed by the ties he is creating with China.”
Alejano, in a statement, asked why President Duterte is shifting alliances to China, where the illegal drug trade is coming from.
Alejano noted that during the House probe into the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), inmates turned witness disclosed that the supplies of shabu, mostly first class, are coming from China.
Also to date, many Chinese drug lords are incarcerated in the NBP and reportedly continue to sell drugs in the country.
“The President should be reminded that China is mostly the source of all these illegal drugs, and that countless ordinary Filipinos fell victim to this drug menace and are being killed daily. It is quite startling that the President has no strong statements against China yet he is quick to chastise the US, the EU, and the UN when they interfere with his plans,” Alejano said.
Since his term of office started, the President has pushed his war on drugs.
“It is quite evident during the recent committee hearing of the House Committee on Justice, and the pronouncements made by PDEA and DDB during their budget deliberation, that China and North Korea are the source of drugs being traded here in the Philippines,” Alejano added.
“Yet, we are thankful with China’s provision of a drug rehabilitation facility when they are the main contributor to our drug problem. The President should demand that China, on their part, initiate actions to help curb the supply of drugs exported in the Philippines,” he said.
The president is on a four-day State visit to Beijing with the aim of improving bilateral ties and explore areas of partnership with China.
Meanwhile, the solon a former military soldier expressed objection to the proposed construction of rehabilitation centers inside military camps.
“I am not comfortable with the construction of drug rehab facilities inside our military camps as it compromises the security of these camps. It is also not the function of the AFP to look after drug peddlers and users. I prefer using these camps for productive ventures, the revenues generated therein may be used by the government to pay for the arrears of our pensioners,” he said.