CNN Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte and his controversial war on drugs “just won” in the 2019 midterm elections, the country’s top diplomat said Wednesday.
Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. said the victory of Duterte allies in the Senate race only means that Filipinos have voted in favor of the bloody anti-drug campaign, which has been widely criticized by local and international human rights groups.
“The senatorial elections were not a referendum in favor of Charter change either, the death penalty, and jailing minors. The elections were a referendum on Duterte and his war on drugs. He & the war just won. So shut the f***k up on that subject everybody. The war goes on,” Locsin said in a tweet.
“Yes, really. The war on drugs itself is a work in progress and it is about to get really really really painful on the enemy,” Locsin added.
Eight Duterte-backed candidates have made it to the top 12 slots for senators based on the partial and official tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) as of 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Only one opposition bet made the cut -- reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino, but he is in the 14th spot in the partial and unofficial tally as of Wednesday morning, with 96.26 percent of the election returns counted.
Among those poised for a Senate seat is former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, the Davao City cop who launched the drug war on Duterte’s order.