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The bold and the brave: Duterte drug war better than policies of past PH presidents, says Barzaga

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The controversial war on drugs launched by President Rodrigo Duterte has been “much more successful” than any previous anti-illegal drugs programs of the previous administration, Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga Jr. said.

“In comparison with the records of all the previous presidents regarding their accomplishment in solving the drug problem in the country, the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte is much more successfulm” said Barzaga.

According to Barzaga, Duterte is the first chief executive to expose a list of narco-politicians ranging from congressmen to mayors, as well as naming some members of the judiciary and those so-called ninja generals and cops.

“It is a bold and brave move of the President to make such public declaration considering that drug problem is a complicated social problem involving powerful syndicates,” said Barzaga.

Barzaga cited Duterte’s 78 percent “very good” satisfaction rating during the third quarter survey of pollster Social Weather Station (SWS) which “largely reflects the accomplishment of his war on drugs which is the centerpiece of his administration.”

“This rating is exceptional considering that performance ratings of former presidents typically decline after the first half of their term,” said Barzaga.

The Cavite solon also noted June 22 to 26 survey by the SWS—82 percentof adult Filipinos remain satisfied with the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Indeed, President Duterte has started a radical leadership that targets even the hardest and seemingly unending problem of illegal drugs,” said Barzaga.

Barzaga likened the notable performance of the President to a litmus test to which all public elected officials are subjected—as he puts forth, it is not what the critics would say nor the allies but what the public would consider on the war on drugs.

“With the acceptability of the general public, being an indicative barometer, President Duterte has indeed passed with flying colors his war on drugs,” he said.

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