Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Aaron Aquino, said the figures released by Vice President Leni Robredo, which made her assertion that the drug war of the government is a failure, were not actual data from law enforcement agencies.
In an interview with Unang Balita of GMA News, Aquino clarified that there was an instance in which data was bared from the Philippine National Police, noting that over 150,000 kilograms of illegal drugs were consumed on an annual basis.
This information was not, according to Aquino, the official figure of the drug enforcement unit of the PNP.
In a previous meeting of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), Aquino also said that Robredo was told that PDEA does not yet have data on the level of illegal drug use in the country.
Robredo, who opposed the anti-illegal drug drive of President Rodrigo Duterte, released a report on her thoughts on the drug war.
Robredo worked 19 days as an ICAD co-chair before she was suspended from her post by Duterte.
Robredo reported that during Duterte’s three years in power, only 1 percent of drug supply and money had been confiscated by law enforcers.
The statistics on her 40-page report came from the PNP and PDEA, according to the Vice President.
Aquino said earlier that the anti-drug agency was troubled by the remarks made by Robredo that the drug war was a failure.
The PDEA leader stressed that the results of the survey showed how the Philippines were pleased with the drug war.