The Philippines has an uncovered problem that is overwhelming the country's security systems, risking the safety of all residents and tourists across the country for several decades. One of the major causes of illegal activities in the country is the prevalence of illegal substance trade that is causing the security systems to fail across the country. The proliferation of substances being illegally traded are believed to be the root causes of criminal activities in the Philippines that impacts its economic and security issues.

The new administration of the Philippines is now seriously continuing its crackdown against pushers and users of illegal substances across the country. Numerous criminal individuals and groups are now being neutralized due to their involvement in illegal practices that are linked with the prohibited use of substances that are harmful to health and security. The country's leaders consider its crackdown as the most efficient strategy to decrease the number of criminal activities all over the country.
The Philippine National Police is now neutralizing all persons and groups involved in trade, use, and manufacturing of prohibited substances
Illegal substance trade in the Philippines is a serious problem, citing decades of neglect by the Philippine authorities. Past administrations were heavily concentrated on politicking, setting aside public service concerns that proliferated successfully to create their private syndicates and organizations. Although the past administrations deny that there were ongoing serious problems with illegal substance trade, they did not realize that it was the main cause of security threats that is hampering the economic integrity of the Philippines.

The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is now under media attention not only in the local media network but also to various international media. He is now being featured in international news reports, print media, and social media discussions. The reason behind is that his strategic campaign possesses a different style to curb security risks across the country. Foreign countries around the world start to notice his leadership due to his unorthodox style of maintaining peace and prosperity to the society.

Vigilant groups and the police forces in the Philippines are now stepping up an extreme measure to neutralize all individuals, groups, and organizations linked to illegally traded substances. Since the beginning of President Duterte's administration, there are still more personalities and groups that are on the loose, waiting to be neutralized. The Philippine administration is poised to eliminate or lower down illegally traded substances within three to six months.

7 interesting facts why the Philippines has a very big illegal substance trade problem

1. Poor administration of public service from the past: As based on the past administration, past officials were not that serious about considering illegal substance trade. They are more affiliated with the issuance of new laws, politicking, and concentrating on economic affairs. Criminals and organized syndicate took this opportunity to proliferate their illegal activities. Reports made by numerous intelligence agencies were ignored due to a repeated wrong political actions.

2. The presence of Sinaloa Cartel: Sinaloa is the largest operating cartel in Latin America. They are the strongest and have the largest network of syndicates in the western hemisphere. Several Latin Americans linked to Sinaloa are now in the Philippines to export their illegally manufactured prohibited substances as a gateway to Asia. Sinaloa is now linked with several local syndicates operating in the Philippines that past administrations ignored.

3. Western African syndicates: West African syndicates are also contributing to the proliferation of prohibited substances that are now rampant in the country. However, they were the first group that was spotted by the previous administrations who are luring Filipinos to agree on carrying their prohibited substances for foreign export. These are syndicates who are luring depressed overseas Filipino workers by offering between 500,000 to 1,000,000 Php just to carry prohibited substances to other countries.

4. Chinese syndicates: These are foreign syndicates in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan that have several networks operating in the Philippines. They are also linked with Chinese businessmen in the Philippines to carry out manufacturing, distribution, and selling of prohibited substances all over the country. Most of these businessmen are also linked with Sinaloa cartel and Western African syndicates who are also operating in the Philippines.

5. Involvement of public officials: The most humiliating part is the involvement of several public officials with cartels and syndicates. Public officials in various areas are tempted to earn more investments coming from selling, manufacturing and distributing these substances across the country and abroad. They protect syndicates operating in their respective local community. This is to prevent syndicates or cartel members to be caught under the watchful eyes of the police authorities.

6. Police ninjas: These are corrupt police officers who are tempted reselling confiscated prohibited substances under their control. Police ninjas resell prohibited drugs to provide additional income to improve their socio-economic lifestyle. Corrupt police officials are also the main protectors of drug syndicates to prevent other officials to notice any suspicious activities that lead to their illegal operations across the country.

7. Offshore laboratories: The Philippines is a vast archipelagic nation that is only second to Indonesia. However, the country does not have enough facilities to patrol its maritime waters. Only one was reported operating in the waters off-the-coast of Zambales province, responsible for distributing various illegal substances. Syndicates and cartels are very well-funded enough to install other floating laboratories all over the country to help with the manufacturing and distribution of illegal substances not only in the Philippines but also to nearby countries.

*The present administration is set to prove its promise to eradicate the distribution, manufacturing, and the use of prohibited substances in just three to six months.

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