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Speaker: Duterte has until 2022 to solve drug problem

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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said President Rodrigo Duterte should be given more time than the latter’s one-year self-imposed deadline to solve the country’s drug problem.

In a television interview, the Speaker said that while Duterte asked the Filipino people to give him one more year to address the drug menace it should not be taken as a hard and fast deadline.

“In fact, he has until 2022 to do it, hindi lang basta bigyan lang siya ng isang taon. Hanggang 2022 naman yung kanyang termino, hindi ba?” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said that it is good that the President has given himself a one-year deadline to address the country’s drug problem because it means he would focus his efforts on achieving this goal.

“Mabuti na iyan, nagbibigay siya ng deadline, hindi ba kaysa naman wala talaga siyang ginagawa. At least ito, kung halimbawa matapos niya in one year, eh di maraming salamat. Pag hindi, ay hanggang 2022 pa yung termino niya,” Alvarez said.