Majority of Filipinos believe drug addict numbers down amid crackdown
Manila, Feb. 16, 2019 (dpa/NNN) A majority of Filipinos believe that the number of people addicted to illegal drugs in their area has gone down over the past year following the Philippine government’s crackdown against narcotics, a survey showed on Saturday.
According to Manila-based research firm Social Weather Stations (SWS), 66 per cent of over 1,400 people surveyed on Dec. 16 to 19 nationwide said there were fewer drug addicts in their area.
“Fourteen per cent said the number of drug addicts had increased, while 7 per cent said it had remained the same,’’ the SWS said.
The number of Filipinos who say there are fewer drug addicts in their area was highest in the southern region of Mindanao at 83 per cent.
When compared to 6 per cent, who said the number had increased and 4 per cent who said it was the same.
In the capital Manila, 67 per cent said the number had decreased, 22 per cent said it had increased and 8 per cent said it had remained the same.
The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has been waging an aggressive campaign against drugs, in which over 5,000 people have been killed since 2016.
The president vowed in July that the crackdown would be “as relentless and chilling as on the day it began,’’ ignoring continuous criticism.
The New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch said the true death toll of the drug crackdown, including victims of hired or vigilante killers could be higher than 12,000, based on estimates by local rights and church groups. (dpa/NNN)
Edited by Abiodun Oluleye/Felix Ajide