- President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his drug campaign has boosted kidnappings in the country during his speech at the regional convention of the members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)
- In the same speech, he also reiterated the warnings to drug users and pushers to stay out of the streets to avoid "accidents"
- He also slammed the critics who call for rehabilitation of drug users by asking where the fund will come from
President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his drug campaign has boosted kidnapping threats in the country during his speech before the members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Friday, November 4.
In his speech, the president clarified that the drug war is successful as the supply of drugs on the street has lowered. However, he also made the public know that the success had cause increased incidents of kidnapping for ransom.
"There is very low supply of drugs now but nagshift naman na sa kidnapping ang mga g*go," Duterte said.
According to Duterte, the past three weeks have seen 6 kidnappings in Binondo, Manila alone.
Despite the setbacks, Duterte once again warned the drug users out of the streets.
"I want to see all the users, pushers out of the streets & all of the drug lords killed, even if it cost me the presidency, my life," he said.
"Kayong lahat na suspek, oh alam namin na andyan kayo sa mga kanto-kanto, umalis kayo. Pumunta kayo sa bahay ninyo, isara niyo ang pinto ninyo. Umupo ka sa kama o lumuhod ka at kausapin mo ang Diyos kasi ang mga bata-bata ng Diyos andiyan sa labas, madidisgrasya ka talaga," Duterte added.
He also responded to the call to put the drug users in rehab by asking where he will get the budget for rehabilitation facilities.
He announced that the country has already spent over P1 trillion for the rehabilitation and medical needs of drug dependents in the country.
Here is a video of Duterte speaking before the members of the IBP.
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