- Senator defended president’s extension of war against drugs
- He said while campaign may not be perfect, it’s definitely turning PH safer like Singapore
- He also said more needs to be done as the country needs to move forward
MANILA, Philippines – It may not be perfect, but it’s working.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano defended President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to extend the war on drugs by another six months even as he said the ongoing drive is making the Philippines becoming safer like Singapore.
“It’s not perfect. In fact the president very candidly said he needs another six months pero let us be honest to ourselves, it is happening. The Philippines is becoming more like Singapore in terms of being able to walk the streets at anytime at night,” ABS-CBN quoted him as saying.
“Dalawang buwan pa lang mahigit, may pakiramdam na ng kaligtasan [In just two months, there is already a sense of safety],” he added. I’m not saying that people now feel safe, I’m saying they feel safer.”
The senator then asked the public whether they want the country to go forward or revert back.
“What do we want? Bumalik tayo six years past o ipagpatuloy natin ang pagbabago? Do we go back or do we go forward? More of the same or change? Gusto ba natin na takot ang tao at ang criminal hindi takot?” he asked.
[What do we want, go back six years past or continue the change? Do we go back or do we go forward? More of the same or change? Do we want an environment where the people are afraid and the criminals are not?]
Duterte earlier said he needed the extension because he did not realize how deeply rooted the drug problem is.
“Maybe just give me an extension of another six months. I did not have that idea that there were thousands of people in the drug business and worst is they are operated now by people in government,” he said.