Alvarez urges Asean lawmakers to emulate war on drugs

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday urged Southeast Asian lawmakers to support antinarcotics campaigns like President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, as he expressed concern over the region becoming a major transshipment hub for illegal drugs.

 

Alvarez asked parliamentarians from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to show “political will and cooperation” in their countries’ campaigns against narcotics, saying the 10-member bloc could not afford to ignore the adverse effects of illegal drugs on the Asean community.

 

Speaking at the opening of a meeting of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (Aipa) in Pasay City, Alvarez recalled Mr. Duterte’s …

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