“Give me another six months. That self-imposed time of three to six months, well, I did not realize how severe and how serious the problem of drug menace in this Republic until I became President,” he said.
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Since June 30, when Duterte assumed the Presidency, over 700,000 had surrendered while over 3,000 drug suspects were killed in police anti-drug operation or by assassins of drug gangs.
“Even if I want it to, I cannot kill them all because the last report would be this thick,” referring the third batch of public officials allegedly linked to illegal drug trade.
“Just give me a little extension of maybe of another six months. Because I never have that idea of hundreds of thousands of people in the drug business. And what makes it worst is, they are now operated by people in government, especially those elected officials,” he added.
Duterte said the Philippines is plagued with the problems of drugs, crime and terrorism.
“We are [rotting] with so many problems—kidnapping in the south, terrorism drugs, which are really pulling us down and I can say we would need time to put things in order,” the President said. AJRSP
Pres. Duterte asks for six months more to fight crimes, drugs Reviewed by FilipiNews PH on Monday, September 19, 2016 Rating: