Philippines now sourcing illegal drugs mostly from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, not China

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Filipino drug traffickers are now getting their supply mostly from Southeast Asian countries Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.

This was disclosed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino, who is also the co-chair of President Duterte’s Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“In the past mostly are coming from China but not now. Most are coming from the Golden Triangle region which borders Laos, Thailand and Myanmar,” Aquino said in an interview with GMA News on Friday (November 15).

This contradicts the statement of Vice President Leni Robredo, Aquino’s co-chair at ICAD.

Robredo earlier said that traffickers of illegal drugs are buying mostly from China. “Gusto kong kumalap ng mas maraming datos, pero iyong pinaka-report sa atin ngayon, karamihan ng mga pumapasok na supply ng [iligal na droga] rito, galing China. ‘Yung mga nahuhuling nago-operate, napakarami ring Chinese nationals or Filipino Chinese,” Robredo, who was appointed by Duterte as the country’s new anti-drug czar said.

But Aquino clarified that this was an old news, and that this information did not come from ICAD. “Maybe may iba siyang (Robredo) source na nagsabi drugs are mostly coming from China. That information did not come from ICAD.”

Based on latest ICAD information, Aquino disclosed that the main source of cocaine is South America, particularly Colombia and Peru.

Ecstasy, on the other hand, is mostly coming from Netherlands.

Robredo just met with ICAD members, including representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police, where she reiterated the need to revise the government’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs. “I reiterated my suggestion for them to rethink the campaign, especially Tokhang. They agreed and they promised to assess and come up… with an improved version of what we already have.”

She added: “In fact, it is now used as a verb. When you say na-tokhang, it does not have a good connotation.”

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