Harry Roque Says Ph Drug War A Model To Other Countries
Ringo | On 08, Nov 2017
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., said the country’s campaign against illegal drugs is now being used as a model for some countries.
In a press conference in Cebu, Roque, who just assumed the presidential spokesperson post at the start of the month, said some countries already sent some “observers” to the Philippines.
“Let us not underestimate the success of the President in the war against drugs. As in fact, other countries now look to us as a model,” said Roque.
Roque also noted that even US President Donal Trump himself was inspired by the country’s anti-drugs campaign.
“Just a few days ago, President Trump himself declared his own version against war, his own war against drugs. And other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries are also sending their observers here to find out exactly what steps we are taking that have led to our success in this war against drugs,” said Roque.
Roque said it’s President Rodrigo Duterte’s political will that made the country face its problems.
“This is the first time really that we have waged a campaign of this magnitude. And in fact, until the administration of President Duterte came along, we hardly felt that there was any importance ‘no or that they considered the drug problem as a priority,” Roque said.
“It’s only under the administration of President Duterte that we have number one, given a priority to this problem; and number two, used the tremendous political will in countering these problems.”
The anti-drugs campaign of the country has been supported by Filipinos. However, it was lambasted by human rights activists locally and internationally.