Manny Pacquiao has admitted he took “all kinds of drugs” – but supports a crackdown on dealers which has led to more than 3,000 deaths in the Philippines.
The boxing star, who was elected as a senator in May, said he backed president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and claimed that the leader was chosen by God to “discipline the people”.
Since taking office in June, Mr Duterte has put the crackdown at the core of presidency and said it will not stop “until the last drug manufacturer is killed”.
According to police, 3,171 drug dealers and users have been killed – two thirds by unknown assailants and the rest in police operations.
Pacquiao, 37, said: “The president, he doesn’t know my experience with drugs.
“I tried drugs…many kinds of drugs, all kinds of drugs.”
The boxer said his substance abuse happened for years “before I became a champion”.
He added it was unfair to blame the drugs-related death toll on Mr Duterte.
Pacquiao said: “God put him there for a reason, for purpose – to discipline the people…. see more