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.

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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Holiday na nagka-pasok pa! Netizens fume as Duterte declares Nov 2, Dec 24, Dec 31 2021 as working days

Netizens expressed dismay with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lessen the number of non-working days in 2021 in a bid to spur economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte on Friday (February 26) signed Proclamation No. 1107, which categorized three days that had been declared special holidays as special working days. These are Nov. 2 (All Souls’ Day), Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).

“For the country to recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead,” Duterte’s proclamation read.

Writer @JerryGracio tweeted: “Hindi na special non-working holiday ang All Souls Day. Wala kasing kaluluwa si Duterte.”

Journalist @prinzmagtulis said: “Duterte government’s strategy to revive the economy: Ease monetary policy || Reject additional fiscal stimulus || Lessen holidays.”

Twitter user @Punongbayan_ asked: “Payag ka rito pero si Duterte, 365 days ang non-working holidays?”

Netizen @nicoquejano tweeted: “Okay. Sa mga nagsasabi na pumapasok naman talaga sila pag December 24 at December 31. Mga teh, Duterte just took away the holiday premium you get for working on a holiday! Suck on that, mga DDS. Puñeta.”

Twitter user @Nicocoleeta said: “Sana di na magkaroon ng masarap na ulam ever si Duterte at pamilya nya. pwede naman kasi tanggalin yung Nov. 30, Day of Valor, or Chinese New Year as holidays eh, pero nope yung mga holidays na in a way ‘need’ para macelebrate yung occassion with families.”

Markahan na kalendaryo! Here are the important dates for May 2022 elections

The election fever is expected to rise in the coming months as the May 2022 polls near.

While a number of politikos are still coy about their political plans, they are for sure laying down the groundwork for next year to meet the key dates set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Resolution No. 10695 issued by the Comelec on February 10, 2021 detailed the calendar of activities in the run-up to the 2022 elections.

Among the important poll-related dates and activities listed in the resolution are:

May 31, 2021: Last day for filing of petitions for registration of coalition of political parties

October 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021: Period for filing certificates of candidacy and certificates of nomination for all elective positions

November 15, 2021: Last day for the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment to file certificate of candidacy in order to reflect the name of the substitute on the official ballot.

February 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups.

March 25, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and other local positions.

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