ASEAN facing ‘massive’ drug menace, says Duterte

Some Asean leaders expressed support for Duterte and his drug war in Manila
The Inquirer (Philippines)
Sunday, April 30, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte warned Southeast Asian leaders on Saturday they were facing a “massive” illegal drug menace that could destroy their societies, as he called for a united response. Duterte, who has faced international condemnation for his crackdown on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, also insisted that outsiders should not interfere in Southeast Asia’s affairs. “With political will and cooperation, it can be dismantled. It can be destroyed before it destroys our societies.” Duterte urged the leaders to be “resolute in realizing a drug-free Asean.” (See also: Duterte opens ASEAN Summit with call for regional anti-drug campaign)