"Itong 3-6 months na ito, pambobola ito eh. Lahat ng eksperto na nakakaalam sa krimen, nagsasabing imposible ito," muses Roxas in an interview while campaigning in Oriental Mindoro on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
(This 3-6 months thing, this is trickery. All the experts that know about crime say that this is impossible.)
Eradicating crime and drugs has been at the forefront of the Duterte campaign. The Davao mayor, famous – or infamous – for his tough stance against crime and criminally has repeatedly said he will be able to get ride of crime between 3 to 6 months, but has failed to explain how he intends to do it.
Roxas then hit on Duterte's apparent inability to solve crimes and the rise of drugs in his city, even if the former judge has been in power for more than two decades.
"So papaano sasabihin na titigil lahat ito sa loob ng 3 hanggang anim na buwan, eh sa 20 taon sa Davao City, hindi ito nasugpo?" he added.
(How can he say he'll stop crime in 3 to 6 months when even after 22 years in Davao, crime still exists.)
In December, Roxas said that Davao City has the 4th highest number of crime incidents among cities in the country, which Duterte disputed. This matched the Philippine National Police list released on April 1 wherein Davao City was 4th among cities with the highest number of index crimes in the country, after Quezon City, Manila, and Cebu City, from 2010 to 2015.
Asked what "Daang Matuwid (Straight Path)," the current administration's tagline for its transparency, good governance and anti-corruption, has to offer when it comes to crime, Roxas cited programs of the PNP when he was interior chief.
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