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ANG SINASABI ng Vice President, marami nang napatay pero marami pa ring pusher, kasi malaki pera eh. At marami sa pusher gumagamit din. Pero ang katotohanan marami na ring natatakot na pumasok sa droga.

So, we have to be careful of our words especially Number 2 siya sa Pilipinas.

Pero ‘yung sinabi mong failed ang drug war, why does more than 80 percent of our people believe that it’s safer now in the Philippines? Why does 80 percent of our people believe na mas mabuti?

(House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano)

Step back, not stop

…WHAT I said was that the government should assess if proper strategies are being implemented [in the drug war campaign] because if not, then it needs to be tweaked.

We did not say it should stop. Never. I looked at it. This was the transcript. I looked back at the video, I checked the transcript. I did not say the campaign against drugs should stop. What I said was maybe we need to step back.

If you started with 1.4 million and it ballooned to seven to eight million despite the campaign, something is not workin…

A lot of people have died and the numbers are still rising. It needs to be assessed.

(Vice President Leni Robredo)

Safety in numbers

ON CAYETANO’S claim that “80 percent of our people believe it’s safe now in the Philippines” –

A Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey conducted on December 6-11, 2016 revealed that 81 percent of Filipinos “felt safer” on account of the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

A Social Weather Stations survey conducted in December 2018 and released on February 22, 2019, bared that 54 percent of Filipino adults across the country fear walking in the streets at night “because it is not safe.”

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