CONTRARY to the perception of Vice President Leni Robredo, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said more than 80 percent of the Filipinos feel safer with the anti-drug campaign of the Duterte administration.
In an interview, Cayetano countered Robredo and even challenged her to introduce a program against illegal drugs, if she has.
“Pero ‘yung sinabi mong failed ang drug war why does more than 80 percent of our people believe that it’s safer now in the Philippines? Why does 80 percent of our people believe na mas mabuti?” Cayetano said.
“What we need from the Vice President or any from the critics including those from the western world, anong program ninyo na mas maganda sa programa ni President Duterte,” the House Speaker added.
Earlier, Robredo said the Duterte administration should re-assess its anti-drug campaign because it failed to curb number of drug users in the country.
Citing data from the Dangerous Drugs Board, Robredo said that the number of drug addicts grew to 7 to 8 million in 2019.
“If you started with 1.4 million and it ballooned to 7 to 8 million despite the campaign, something is not working,” the Vice President said.
But while Cayetano admitted that the war on drugs is really difficult task, the government officials and the public must work hand in hand to resolve it.
“So we have to be careful of our words, especially number 2 siya sa Pilipinas. Sinasabi ba niyang may aspeto na kayang baguhin at kung meron, ano ito? Kasi kami sa Kongreso meron, to sports, to other measures that will keep our young people from drugs, yan po ay kasama sa priority naming,” he added.
Meanwhile, Cayetano wished for twins on his 49th birthday.
Cayetano was the guest of honor at yesterday’s flag raising ceremony in the House of Representatives in time for his birthday.
In an ambush interview, Cayetano said he and Taguig City Rep. Lani CAyetano wanted a bigger family that is why they wished for twins.
“We are praying for twins soon,” Cayetano told reporters when asked for his birthday wish.
He said like the other couples, they also wanted to experience “the more, the merrier” type of family.
Cayetano then said he and Congresswoman Cayetano plan to have more time together despite their busy schedules.
“That is why with or without the 15 months, baka iyon ang pagkakataon na masolo ko siya at masolo niya ako,” he said in jest.
Cayetano was referring to the term sharing on the Speakership to which he will serve the first 15 months while the remaining 21 months will be led by Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco.
Rep. Lani is the president of Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc.