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China Joins Drug War: But what’s the catch?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hails China for joining his drug war campaign. He discloses that they are donating initially 1,400 capacity rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija to up to 10,000 capacity in different ventures. The first one he said is almost complete now.

[VIDEO]: Witnesses in the senate probe on illegal drugs testify that most illegal drugs come from China. At the same time, a private Chinese entity is also sponsoring a 10,000 pax rehabilitation facility for Filipinos. Is this a trade off.

Delegation to Beijing

The rehabilitation facility is to stand in Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. According to Duterte, it will be able to house 1,400 drug addicts. The development happened after a 16-man delegation of former ambassadors and retired military and police officers return from Beijing. However,

Other projects

The Palace earlier said 4 rehab centers would be built in military camps in 2016. In mid-September, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial flew to China to sign a deal for the construction of a 10,000-bed “mega” treatment and rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay.

4 Rehabilitation Centers for the Drug War

At least 4 drug rehabilitation centers will be built in military camps in major regions in the Philippines, said Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. One in the Visayas, and one in Mindanao.

Distrust with China

The Philippines welcomes the help from China – but history dictates that Filipinos must not trust the Chinese. It is not certain if this is the President’s way of letting the Americans and the European Union members contribute  also to his drug war campaign or he intends to switch alliance to China. It just did not make sense that the senate probe on the “Bilibid” drugs trade, just point to China as the main source of illegal drugs. It’s really a “wait and see” kind of event for now.

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