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‘No letup in drug war’


“The drug campaign will not end.”

Thus said President Duterte on Friday as he emphasized that there will be no letup in the administration’s crackdown on the illicit drug trade.

“I will not renege on that. There shall be no reduction in substance or in form,” the Chief Executive said at the launching of the “Mentor Me” program of Go Negosyo in Davao City.

According to Duterte, it is destiny that he became President so that he can solve the country’s problem on illegal drugs. The President has taken a firm stance against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country since he came into office on June 30.

Duterte has repeatedly underscored the need to interdict the drug problem while he is still the Chief Executive to save the next generation. He noted that the drug menace destroys relationships among family members and society.

“Somebody has to do it for the Filipino. It’s a matter of maybe destiny,” Duterte said, adding that he did not expect to be a mayor of Davao City for 23 years, let alone to be the President of the country. “Maybe God placed you there to, precisely, to do the things that must be done to help the Filipino,” he said.

“Itong expectations, what evolved in my life were the very opposite of the things which I was really looking at into my future. So it’s a matter of destiny,” he added. The President likewise reiterated that it his sacred duty to take care of the country and her people, even if it would cost him his life, honor, and the presidency.

Meanwhile, the President expressed his willingness to help Filipino small and medium enterprises.

“If I could get some loans, I will give you some,” Duterte said, noting that he will prioritize additional funding for education, rehabilitation, agriculture, and helping micro, small, and medium scale entrepreneurs.

“If I get extra additional money outside of government sources, you’ll have a part of it,” Duterte said. “If I can get all those things that I expect, I’m not so much into expectations. But I will look for the money. If I can get some, you’ll have the part of it. Otherwise, we wait for next year,” he added.