‘Duterte govt on right track in fight vs crime’

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THE Palace on Saturday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was “on the right track in fighting criminality” after it got a high approval rating in suppressing crime in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

“The survey result shows once and for all that we are on the right track in fighting criminality,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

“It remains one of the five most urgent national concerns of Filipinos while avoiding being a victim of any serious crime is one of their five most urgent personal concerns,” he added.

Andanar issued the statement in reaction to the December Pulse Asia survey that saw the government score the highest approval rating for efforts to fight crime, at 84 percent.


The government however scored lower in curbing inflation or the increase in prices of goods and services. In the survey, 44 percent of 1,200 respondents approved of the government’s initiatives in curbing inflation while some 20 percent disapproved. It attained a net approval rating of +24.

Andanar said the country recorded higher inflation last December as holiday consumption drove up food prices.

“Price increases partly due to the Christmas holiday season which were pushed up by increases in gasoline prices led to higher inflation in December 2016 – the time when the survey was conducted,” Andanar said.

“We therefore anticipated that people would feel the price pinch and we expect inflation to even go higher in early 2017 because of the damage to rice fields due to the onslaught of typhoons Karen, Lawin, and Nina,” he said.

The Palace official said measures were being taken to mitigate consumer price shocks.

Inflation rose to 2.6 percent in December, from 1.5 percent the previous year. The full-year average settled at 1.8 percent, below the government’s 2- to 4-percent target range for 2016. This year’s government inflation target range is also at 2 to 4 percent.

‘Like Lee Kuan Yew’

Also on Saturday, the Palace defended Duterte’s approach to crime after an international human rights group included Duterte among “strongman leaders” who have ignored the rule of law.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a radio interview Duterte was a “man of action.”

United States-based Human Rights Watch said Friday Duterte had “openly called for summary executions of suspected drug dealers and users — and even of human rights activists who defend them.”

“The killings have highlighted the country’s long-standing problem of impunity for abusive state security forces,” Human Rights Watch said.

“Duterte has ignored calls for an official probe into these killings. Instead, he has said the killings show the success of his anti-drug campaign and urged police to seize the momentum,” it added.

Duterte has been unfazed by criticisms of his deadly war on drugs, in which more than 6,200 suspects have been killed in police operations or by unknown assailants.

Abella compared Duterte with the late Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, an authoritarian leader who transformed Singapore from a sleepy British imperial outpost into a global trading and financial hub.

“The President is very, very decisive. He is a man of action…[Like] Lee Kuan Yew, you know, [he was also very
strict]when he was still in leadership but then you can also see the progress of the nation,” Abella said.

Lee, however, did not carry out a bloody war against crime. In September, a Singapore Straits Times columnist dismissed such comparison, saying Lee “was not a man to have a person’s life taken away without absolute attention to due process.”

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  1. Yeah a big difference becausE Singapore at that time is around below 3M population while the Philippines is at its peak of 65-70M. Can you discipline a non disciplined populace wherein the huge population exist to tame. Another factor is the land area which this LITTLE city state can control whereas in the Philippines you can’t catch even a mice if you see it because of the big landmass coupled with mountains & forest. That is the DIFFERENCE….

  2. A short Prayer..

    Father God, You have made it known that the battle here in this world is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against principalities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

    And the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have Divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

    That in the Name of Jesus Christ, every stronghold in our land will fall down, the stronghold of love of mammon, stronghold of idolatry and self-worship, stronghold of corruption and violence, that Satanic spirit of pride, greed, envy, lies and insecurities shall all bow down in the Name of Jesus.

    That the work of darkness shall be exposed, For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. And Your Words shall extinguish all forms of darkness that are emanating in the land of Philippines.

    Let there be a collective hunger for Your Word ever in our land. And You O Lord will reveal Yourself to those who truly seek You and Your righteousness. That God’s righteousness will prevail and reign in our nation because righteousness exalts a nation. And this I claim to be a portion of Philippines as You will it.

    Let there be a Mighty revival in our land the Philippines in Jesus most Precious Name I pray! So be it Lord, so be it! Amen

    • Biblical religions keep on invoking the name “Jesus” in their preachings—they are so ignorant of the fact that Christ returns with a NEW NAME as he testified in Revelation 3:12 (ESV)

      12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and MY OWN NEW NAME.

      So if you keep on invoking a name which will not be his name at his return , then you are deemed a transgressor. True faith is based on truth not on bypassing the truth. If Christ testified that he will have a NEW NAME , then why not oblige? If you do not oblige to the voice of Christ , then you are indeed a transgressor , and no transgressor shall be saved because he is living in darkness.