94 foreigners arrested under Duterte admin's drug war
By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, May 26 — Some 94 foreigners have been arrested so far by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration intensified campaign against illicit drugs.

PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña told Philippine News Agency (PNA) that these foreigners, mostly Chinese and Taiwanese, were arrested from July 1, 2016 to April 20, 2017 in violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Lapena attributed the spike in the number of arrested foreign nationals involved in illegal drugs to the Duterte administration's intensified campaign against illegal drugs in the country.

”Majority of foreign nationals arrested are Chinese and Taiwanese. They are still detained in PDEA they will not be deported until they serve their sentence upon conviction,” Lapeña said.

Lapena said 33 foreign nationals were also arrested during the 1st semester of 2016.

Data reported by PDEA also show that a total of 488 foreign nationals involved in drugs were arrested since 2010.

Of this figure, 69 foreigners were arrested in 2010; 45 in 2011; 65 in 2012; 77 in 2013; 67 in 2014; 38 in 2015; 112 in 2016; and 15 as April this year.

Chinese nationals lead the foreigner arrested with 231; followed by the Taiwanese with 55; 25 Nigerians; 22 Americans; 16 Koreans; and 139 other nationalities.

PDEA added that from 2011 to present, a total of 954 government personnel involved in illegal drugs were arrested.

Of the 954 arrested, 430 are government officials; 323 elected officials; and 201 law enforcers. (PNA)

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