Speaking before medical practitioners at the centennial celebration of the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte said even the United States could not control its drug problem.
“Others can’t do it. How can we? Those drugs, we can’t control it,” Duterte admitted.
It is difficult to protect Philippines shores and thousands of adjacent islands from illicit drug trafficking, Duterte said.
“We do not have the equipment, [it’s not enough]. And you know the coastline,” he added.
When he assumed the presidency in July last year, Duterte promised to end the drug problem in six months – or he would resign.
Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, which government data said has killed over 3,400 suspects in police operations since July.
Local and international human rights groups claim more than 9,000 have died in the drug war.