- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano defended President Duterte’s war on drugs
- In a speech, he told Filipinos in New York City that the war on drugs is not a war against the poor
- He said the campaign is meant to get people out of poverty
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, staunch ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, told the Filipino community in New York City that the President’s war against illegal drugs is not a war against the poor, but is actually meant to get Filipino families out of poverty.
“No family with a drug addict as a brother, son, or father can get out of poverty,” GMA News Online quoted the senator as saying.
“The poor have become common victims of the drug pushers. When they become hooked on drugs, they engage in other crimes to sustain their vices. If the government will not intensify its drug operations, the poor will continue to be exploited by the drug pushers. The poor cannot defend themselves, they need us most,” he explained.
He then urged international agencies to stop wasting their energy criticizing the President’s intensified campaign against the drug menace and help him instead to succeed in his anti-illegal drugs program.
“Instead of criticizing us and trying to stop international funding, why don’t you give us bullet-proof vests for our police? And why don’t you give us cameras like they use in the SEAL teams, so you could see the drug bust and you could see why they fire at these people?” the senator said.