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Drugs rampant in Davao – Mar

Mar Roxas

Presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s public projection as a tough crime-buster that helped removed illegal drugs off streets of Davao City of illegal drugs is just a hoax, administration standard-bearer Manuel A. Roxas II said yesterday.

Roxas said that in 2014, he wrote Duterte to inform him that almost 40 percent of barangays in Davao City fall under the category of “seriously affected by drugs” based on the assessment of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

“Maybe he forgot that I, as secretary of the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government), wrote him a letter because of the PDEA report that 72 out of 180 barangays of Davao City are heavily-infested by illegal drugs,” said Roxas.

“It did not come from Mar Roxas, it came from the PDEA. That’s why I wrote him a letter to inform him of this problem,” added Roxas after the camp of Duterte criticized him for his alleged failure to curb illegal drugs when he was still the DILG Secretary following the LP standard-bearer’s post-debate statement that illegal drugs are still rampant in Davao City.

Asked if Duterte responded to his letter, Roxas said he has to look for the records in the DILG. But he said whether or not Duterte responded to his letter is already irrelevant since the most important aspect of his letter was the actions taken to address the illegal drugs problem.

Rep. Barry Gutierrez, LP spokesman for campaign, said the latest data still revealed of the illegal drugs problems in Davao City. “That (Roxas letter to Duterte) was 2014. Two years have passed, drugs remain rampant in Davao City,” said Gutierrez.

“So what is he talking about his promise to rid the whole Philippines of illegal drugs in three to six months? He is still the mayor of Davao City right? But he seems to have forgotten to clean his own backyard,” he added.

During the Cagayan de Oro debate, Duterte promised to make the Philippines free of illegal drugs peddlers and users and other criminals in just three to six month, saying he would put his name, his honor, and his life.

Roxas has been disputing the reports being circulated by the Duterte camp and social media allies that Davao City is the most peaceful city in the country. Roxas, citing PNP records, said Davao City ranks fourth in cities with highest crime incidents.

Gutierrez laid Roxas’ gains as Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary against drugs, saying records revealed that the government was able to confiscate some P4.83-billion worth of illegal drugs in 2014.

Last year, he said the government was able to seize some P2.46 billion.

But Gutierrez said that unlike Duterte, Roxas does not solely claim responsibility on the illegal drugs campaign, attributing it the coordination of various government agencies such as the PDEA and the police.

Gutierrez also cited the accomplishments of the “Oplan: Lambat Sibat” that Roxas helped conceptualized in 2014 at the height of the criticisms of rampant criminality in Metro Manila.

“Through Lambat Sibat, we brought down crime in Metro Manila to 240 incidents every week from the weekly average of 919,” said Gutierrez.

“Without killing anyone, almost 700 Filipinos were not mugged or stolen from. So who actually did not do anything?” the LP spokesman added.

comments
  • Joan Serrano

    binabaliktad mo naman roxas, ikaw yung puro siksik para mapabalita ka din

  • Lyka Merana

    ang tunay na epal ay si roxas, sumisiksik sa kada balita na present si duterte para manira

  • Jeca Garcia

    Maninira yan si roxas! Alam mo roxas, ang 2016 elections ay para ipakita kung pano ayusin ang bansa at hindi siraan si Mayor Duterte

  • Jelvie Marife

    Talagang sinungalin yan si Roxas, puro dada wala naman nagagawa para sa bansa

  • Charlie Cimanes

    isa kang malaking pigsa sa pilipinas, panira sa pinas wala kang pakinabang, hindi si duterte kagaya mong olupong ka!

  • Rona Del Vega

    walang magawa si roxas kundi manira lang, wala kasi mapatunayan si roxas na may nagawa na siya para sa pilipinas

  • Rochen Luna

    wala naman na tuwid na daan, puro ka paasa mar, hindi kami naniniwala sayo kasi hindi ka magaling na leader

  • Troy Ballaga

    NO TO ROXAS! YES TO DUTERTE!

  • David Domingo

    wala kang kwenta roxas isa ka lang na alila

  • Wendy Mata

    si roxas talaga masyadong nagmamalinis ehh hindi kana man malinis! tma na ang pagkukunwari dahil alam na ng tao ang baho mo.

  • Samantha Uy

    si mar tunay na walng kwenta hindi kailangan ng tao

  • Caren Crime

    mar tunay na walang kwenta at hindi kailangan sa bayan

  • Jaikah Ludovice

    ikaw roxas ang mabuti sayo ay itapon para wala ng salot!

  • Angela Inopia

    mar naman pwede?tahimik nalang kung ayaw mo masipa sa mukha! si

  • Ericka Montes

    Wala kami makukuha sayo Mar dahil hindi mo nabigyan ng magandang serbisyo ang ating bansa at isa kang tunay na sinungaling

  • Cass Antonio

    roxas tunay na sinungaling at tunay na magnanakaw!

  • Cristy Robles

    Huwag kana umasa pa na makukuha mo ang boto ng sambayanan dahil wala k sa gawa

  • Jefferson Rubio

    Pagdating sa pangangampanya ang bilis mo Mar mgpa impress pero yung tungkulin mo sa bansa hindo mo nagagawa

  • Darell Blanco

    Ang lakas ng loob mo tumakbo bilang Presidente , ang tanong kaya mo ba ibuwis ang buhay mo sa sambayanan pilipino? Sagot ka ba sa pagbabago? HIndi! puros ka lang pangako!

  • Danny Liway

    wala kang alam mar kundi manira ng ibang kandidato, ang tanong ung tungkulin mo ba nagawa mo ng maayos

  • Elizabeth Liceo

    masyado ka mpagmalinis sa sarili mo mar roxas akala mo naman nabigay mo lahat ung tungkulin mo sa ating bansa