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Rody in full control: Palace downplays The Guardian’s call for economic sanctions vs PH over bloody drug war

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He may have washed his hands over summary executions of drug suspects, President Duterte is actually in full control of the drug war.

Presidential Communications Sec. Martin Andanar issued the statement on Friday, contradicting the report of the UK-based The Guardian that the Philippine President’s drug war is out of control.


President Rodrigo Duterte is in full control of the drug war,” Andanar said.

The Palace also downplayed calls for the imposition of economic sanctions against the Philippines — which was highlighted in The Guardian’s article.

Andanar maintained that the threats of withdrawal of development aid and other forms of assistance are totally unfounded.

“The President remains undaunted as he will never compromise the dignity of the nation for foreign aid. There is an enormous drug problem in the Philippines and he is trying his best to keep the country from becoming a narco-state. 

We hope that other countries will treat the Philippines as a sovereign nation and with mutual respect,” he said.

The Guardian’s call for economic sanctions by foreign countries on the Philippines is uncalled for, the Palace executive added.

If the voluntary surrender of 1,017,869 drug personalities by January 5 can be used as a gauge of success, Andanar said, there is no doubt that Duterte’s campaign has gained headway despite attacks by human rights activists here and abroad.

With nine out of ten Filipinos believe the drug problem has declined in their areas since the President took office,” Andanar said the results of the Dec. 3 to 6 Social Weather Station (SWS) survey negates that the President’s drug campaign is out of control.

“The same survey indicated that a great majority of our people, 77%, gave an excellent rating to the President’s drug war,” he said.

The current stable peace and order situation in the country also reflects how Duterte’s style has generated a big impact on the lives of the Filipino people.

” Public support for and trust in the President remain high as people feel secure in their homes, in the streets, day and night. Incidents of homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, and carnapping have gone down. Index crime volume decreased 31.67% from July to November 2016 compared to the same period in 2015,” Andanar said.