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Lacson says Duterte can’t meet 6-month deadline for solving PH’s crime woes. Here’s why

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Take it from a former top cop himself– making the Philippines crime free in half a year’s time is simply impossible.

Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Panfilo Lacson has expressed doubt on whether Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte could meet his self-imposed deadline of eliminating the country’s crime and drug problems within three to six months of assuming office should he become the next president.

Speaking to Cebu’s dyLA radio station, Lacson noted that running after criminals and drug lords is a complicated task involving strategic planning on the police’s part.

Without taking anything away from Mayor Duterte, knowing he had proven his ability in Davao City, I think that promise would be difficult to fulfill… it’s not doable,” he said.

Aside from ramping up police visibility, the former senator said suspected criminals should still undergo due process before they face the consequences of their alleged crimes.

“Once you assume the presidency, you cannot just pull an Armalite rifle and shoot all drug lords, gun down all criminals. That is not how the democratic system works. We have to respect due process,” Lacson said in Filipino.

Duterte has promised to resign as president if elected should he fail to rid the country of crime, illegal drugs and corruption within the time frame he set.

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