Opposition Speaks on Duterte Drug War

Opposition candidate, Samira Gutoc, speaks on Duterte's War on Drugs | Image taken from PhilStar Global

The following are incomplete statements made by opposition slate, Otso Diretso, candidates on President Duterte’s war on drugs. We do not claim the rights to the article sources. Please check out the links provided to get more information on the candidate’s complete statement on the issue.

“I respect your drug war, but what we need is a drug war against the drug lords and against the source of the drugs”

Samira Gutoc | PhilStar Global, March 4, 2019
Senator Bam Aquino speaks on War on Drugs

“So, yes, pabor tayo na labanan yung droga, pero hindi tayo pabor na nagpapatayan tayo sa ating mga kalsada, sa mga looban ng ating mga komunidad. And, you know, I think we have to make that clear.”

Sen. Bam Aquino on YouTube

“Dapat palawakin niya, hindi lang one dimensional na patay nang patay lang,” Roxas said, who is running under the opposition ticket Otso Diretso. “

“Dapat gamitin yung intelligence funds para ‘yung mga wholesaler, ‘yung mga nagpapasok dito ng kemikal, ‘yung mga may-ari, mga nagpapatakbo ng laborary, ‘yan ang dapat na tinutugis,”

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“This is a desperate act to save their fake drug war before the eyes of the public”

GARY ALEJANO | Inquirer.net (March 15, 2019)

“Yung pag-amin ng presidente na tumindi pa yung problema ng droga is, I think, an implied admission on his part that the war on drugs has been a failure”

FLORIN HILBAY | GMA News Online. Mark Merueñas (March 26, 2019)

“It’s a way for the government to influence the voters. However, it is dangerous and may lead to gross neglect of due process because they are accused even without any evidence presented in court.”

REP. ERIN TAÑADA | Ryan Macasero (Philstar.com) March 5, 2019
We need see convictions in drug war

Para lagyan ng ngipin yung ating war against drugs, kailangan makakita tayo ng mga convictions. And for that to happen, I think, we have to create special teams that will be both composed of law enforcement and prosecution that should be involved from the very start of the case all the way until the end. #25ChelDiokno

Posted by Chel Diokno on Friday, April 5, 2019
CHEL DIOKNO speaks to CNN Philippines on the War against Drugs

Now that you have heard what the opposition candidates have to say about the war on drugs, it’s time to share your thoughts. Where do you stand on this issue? We apologize for not putting Romula Macalintal on the list. We could not find a good source for his statement. Watch out on future posts for statements from the administration candidates on the same issue.

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