PH Became A Narco State Under PNoy’s Regime: "Under Aquino, it was about campaign funding, political ambition" - The Daily Sentry

Monday, December 10, 2018

PH Became A Narco State Under PNoy’s Regime: "Under Aquino, it was about campaign funding, political ambition"

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino | Photo from NYTimes

It was the reason why president Duterte won by landslide in the 2016 presidential elections. It is also the reason why two years into the presidency, many people still choose to rely on Duterte and his war on dru9s. The people are sick and tired of the dru9 menace. A menace that was made worst under the Noynoy Aquino administration.

Narco State

When he declared during his campaign that he will eradicate the dru9 problem in the country in 6 months, Duterte didn’t know the complexity of the dru9 menace. When he assumed office, it is there that he realized that the dru9 problem is worse than he expected. He described the country as a narco-state

President Rodrigo Duterte | Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino | Photo from CNN

A narco-state is when the country is so deep into corruption that even policy-making government officials collude in the illegal dru9 trade. Dru9lords often become the biggest campaign contributors in the elections, in exchange for protection and continued dru9 trade.

Not Just A Health Problem

Another problem is the previous administration’s view of the dru9 menace as a health problem. This kind of view limits the government’s ability to address the other multi-dimensional problems that the dru9 menace gives such as the spike in violence 

and the heinous crimes committed by people under the influence of dru9s.

Aside from the mentioned effects of dru9s in the society, the social effects on the family, the non-drug users, and the community as a whole were not taken into consideration if we view the dru9 problem as a health issue.

Under Aquino’s Nose

Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino | Photo from

During the Aquino administration, BuCor reported that the dru9 operations were being done by dru9lords at the comfort of their cells. What’s more disturbing was the confessions of some Bucor staff that they delivered dru9 money to an LP senatorial candidate for their campaign funds. The biggest sh4bu laboratory in the country was discovered in Tarlac, right under Aquino’s nose.

Obviously, during Aquino’s term, dru9 trade is critical for campaign funding, and ultimately, political ambition. It was never a health issue.

Below is an excerpt from the Tribune article:

Let’s cite a train of critical incidents in the drug menace’s history under Aquino, while readers can supply the political coupling.

In 2011, the BuCor submitted a report detailing problems within the national penitentiary. These included drug use and drug trafficking. Proposals were made for stricter monitoring of incarcerated drug lords, random drug tests, raids and the confiscation of contraband.
Thereafter, a raid was conducted. Curiously, “illegal drugs were not confiscated.” Why?

Later, a former BuCor officer-in-charge revealed that as early as 2011, he had been receiving drug money from inside the penitentiary and would deliver this to a prospective Liberal Party senatorial candidate who was then his superior. He called these “campaign funds.” Two other former NBI officials would likewise testify to committing the same crime.

In 2014, towards the end of the Aquino administration, a fully functioning illegal drugs manufacturing facility and laboratory were discovered in Tarlac, Aquino’s political bailiwick. The largest in the Philippines, the laboratory could produce up to 100 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) a day.

So prolific was the drug trade under Aquino that in the immediate run-up to the 2016 presidential elections, over P15 billion in illegal drugs were conveniently being traded inside the national penitentiary.

On the eve of the 2016 elections, another political bailiwick figured prominently in the illegal drug trade. While they denied the accusations, two ranking opposition politicians with bailiwicks in the Visayas were implicated in controversies involving the use of illegal drugs to raise “campaign funds” in exchange for protection among competing drug lords.

Of the two, in a hotel in Cubao, the staff of one was reported to have met with police officials and generals implicated in the drug controversies.

Evidently, the drug problem is not a health issue. Under Aquino, it was about campaign funding and political ambition.


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Source: Tribune