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Palace tells Caloocan Bishop David: Help post-earthquake rehab in Central Luzon

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang has urged Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David to follow Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s advice to assist those affected by the Monday’s earthquake in Region 3 and avoid negative rhetoric against the government.

This, after David asserted that the biggest lie he has heard in the last three years is “the drug war is meant to eradicate illegal drugs.”

“How saddening that a man of the cloak like Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David instead of focusing his attention to the spiritual needs of his flock as well as helping in the rehabilitation of those affected by the earthquake has opted to unleash a cynical view if not an outright misrepresentation of the President’s war on drugs,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Tuesday.

Panelo asked David to stop using the pulpit and listen to the “true and genuine” sentiments of his parishioners.

“The voice of satisfaction of the great majority of Filipinos with the drug war has consistently been resounding,” the chief presidential legal counsel said.

He also cited a December 2018 Social Weather Stations survey that 66 percent of the Filipinos believe that the number of illegal drug users in their area has decreased.

Under the Duterte administration, Panelo noted that a total of 164,265 drug personalities have been arrested, 9,503 barangays cleared from drugs, and P25.19 billion worth of drugs and equipment have been seized.

“These figures are real numbers and unalterable facts that can not be erased even by the magical wand of Bishop David,” according to him.

“The facts on how the President addresses the problem of illegal narcotics remain exemplary as they are daring even as they are relentless. It is only under this Administration where the real situation on illicit drugs in the country has been exposed in all its ugliness and terrifying magnitude. Its poisonous tentacles are continuously being cut wherever they are found and however they are protected by the merchants of death by the government and its forces,” he added.

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