Manila – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino contradicted Vice President Leni Robredo on the latter’s statement that the illegal drugs in the country mostly came from China.
Aquino said Robredo’s information did not come from the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), which the two co-chairs.
“Maybe may iba siyang source na nagsabi drugs are mostly coming from China. That information did not come from ICAD,” Aquino added.
Aquino on Friday said most of the illegal drugs shipped into the country came from the Golden Triangle, a region “criss-crossing” the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.
“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.
He added cocaine allegedly came from South American nations including Colombia and Peru, while ecstasy mostly came from the Netherlands and other European countries.
Robredo, the newly-appointed drug czar, on Thursday claimed most of the illegal drugs in the Philippines came from China, if not Chinese citizens.
“Gusto kong kumalap ng mas maraming datos, pero iyong pinaka-report sa atin ngayon, karamihan ng mga pumapasok na supply ng (ilegal na droga) rito, galing China. ‘Yung mga nahuhuling nag-ooperate, napakarami ring Chinese nationals or Filipino Chinese,” said Robredo./PN