In this video, Former DEA officer Jonathan Morales said his superiors did not want the drug syndicate's members arrested. Based on the United Nations - World Drug Report in 2013, the Philippines has the highest abuse rate for methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, in East Asia.

The UN report was cited by the US Department of State in its 2012 International Drug Control Strategy Report, which is posted on the website of the US Embassy in Manila. The state department also disclosed that 2.1 percent of Filipinos aged 16 to 64 were using shabu, and “domestic consumption of methamphetamine and marijuana continued to be the main drug threats in the Philippines.”

In 2012, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) reported that there were approximately 1.3 million drug user.

More than 8,000 barangays in the country are plagued with the drug menace, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said. Metro Manila has the highest rate of being drug-affected with 92.10 percent of the region’s barangays affected, followed by Region 4A (Southern Tagalog) at 33.78 percent.

Based on its consolidated data gathered from operational reports and other law enforcement agencies, the PDEA said around 20.51 percent or 8,629 villages out of the 42,065 barangays nationwide have drug-related cases.

Curiously, no other DDB study has been made since then.

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