Malacañang on Wednesday called former President Benigno Aquino III’s comment on the administration’s drug war “jaded cynicism” and advised him to look at the facts.
This after Aquino questioned the effectiveness of President Duterte’s drug war, expressing that nothing changed when it comes to statistics on drug users during his term and now on President Duterte’s term.
“Ang sasabihin ko lang, nung kami 1.8 million [users]. Tapos sa isang taon nito na may all-out na kampanya laban sa drugs, 1.8 million pa rin ang sinasabi ng survey at survey na nila ‘yan,” Aquino said.
“Parang wala yatang nangyari,” he added. “Maganda sanang [mai]paliwanag ‘yung bakit parehong pareho ‘yung mga numero.”
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement, said Duterte’s drug war has been bearing fruit and called out the ex-politician on his remark.
“With all due respect to former President Aquino, the results of PRRD’s anti-illegal drug campaign speak for themselves,” Abella said Wednesday morning.
“Comments like that from past leaders imply a jaded cynicism borne of a history of political opportunism,” he added.
According to the Palace official, much ground has been gained in the campaign against hard drug traffickers and violators. However, he said the goal does not stop there.
“The mission is to end the demand, production, distribution, and sale of illegal drugs,” Abella said.
Abella in his statement said Duterte’s drug war resulted in the unprecedented voluntary surrender of more than 1.3 million drug personalities.
He added that 96,703 drug personalities have been arrested in the first year of Duterte’s drug war compared to 77,810 drug personalities arrested in the six years of the previous administration.
The Palace official also said that 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 during Aquino’s full six years in office.