SENATORS TELL DUTERTE: LET POLICE HANDLE WAR ON DRUGS
“Focus on the economy”
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Two political allies in the Senate haveadvised President Rodrigo Duterte to let police handle the campaign against illegal drugs so that he can focus his attention on the country’s economic woes.
On Saturday, September 1, Senator Panfilo Lacson urged Duterte to leave his administration’s drive against illegal drugs to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and focus instead on the economy amid soaring inflation rate and other fiscal issues hounding the country.
Echoing Lacson’s statement, Senator JV Ejercito said it is about time that Duterte address other pressing concerns of the country.
The senators issued the statements as Vice President Leni Robredo scored Duterte for focusing on the campaign against drugs at the expense of the economy.
The Duterte administration seemed to have fixated much on its war on drugs that the inflation was being left to skyrocket to an expected 5.9 percent year-on-year rate in August, said Lacson in a radio interview.
Lacson said Inflation reached 5.2 percent in June and 5.7 percent in July, the highest in more than five years.
The focus of the government went excessive on the anti-drugs campaign. The President should this time focus on other unfortunate things happening in our economy.
Lacson said Duterte can tackle the country’s economic problems by the horn while police deal with illegal drugs.
I agree with Senator Lacson, Ejercito said also in a radio interview.
Ejercito said that Duterte has already shown his seriousness in fighting drugs in the last two years.
But the President, according to the Senator, should not leave to his managers the serious economic problems facing the country.