Former President Joseph Estrada on Monday warned the Philippines could turn into a “narco-state” if government officials who protect drug syndicates are not removed from their posts.
Estrada said some government officials have been lured by drug money to fund their election campaigns. In exchange, drug traffickers and operators have managed to run their illegal drug trade unhampered.
“You know why there are big drug labs in the provinces? They are protected by these politicians,” Estrada was quoted as saying during the distribution of motorcycles to the first batch of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructors in Manila.
“This is very dangerous, magiging narco-state na tayo ‘pag ‘di natin naagapan ‘to,” he added.
Estrada reiterated his support to President Rodrigo Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs has claimed the lives of over 5,000 drug suspects and targeted officials under the drug lords’ payroll.
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