SPEAKER Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday took exception to the statement of Vice President Leni Robredo that President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s bloody anti-drug war campaign was a failure.
In fact, Cayetano said majority of Filipino feel safer nowadays because of the peace and order campaign of President Duterte.
“Pero ‘yung sinabi mong failed ang drug war, why do more than 80 percent of our people believe na it’s safer now in the Philippines?” the Speaker added.
“Why do 80 percent of our people say na mas mabuti ang peace and order ngayon? Ang sinasabi ng vice president, marami nang napatay pero marami pa ring pusher, kasi malaki ang pera eh. At marami sa pusher gumagamit din pero ang katotohanan, marami na ring natatakot na pumasok sa droga,” Cayetano told reporters after attending the House of Representatives’ flag-raising ceremony where he celebrated his 49th birthday.
“Well first of all, I really hope that iba ‘yung pagkasabi ng ating bise presidente at iba kung ano ang ibig niyang sabihin. Because the way it came out is para bang dapat na walang war on drugs, ‘di ba? Mayroon pong iba na kinukuwestiyon ‘yung manner ng war on drugs, or may mga dapat na reporma, or dapat ‘yung aspeto ng rehab, aspeto ng sports, o aspeto ng prevention ay dagdagan,” Cayetano added.
Cayetano cautioned Robredo from making statements on the war on drugs.
“So we have to be careful in our words, especially number two siya sa Pilipinas,” Cayetano cautioned.
According to Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey conducted on December 6-11, 2016, 81 percent of Filipinos felt safer due to President Duterte’s war on drugs.
Cayetano said this compares very well with December 2018 Social Weather Stations survey, when 54 percent of Filipinos declared it is not safe to walk on the streets at night.