While Rodrigo Duterte promised to suppress crime within six months, Senator Grace Poe promised to do the same, without any bloodshed, and in just one month in office.
The senator said: “Ako, I’m very optimistic na pagkaupo ko bilang pangulo, mararamdaman na nila ang seguridad sa loob pa lang ng isang buwan."
(I'm very optimistic that when I sit as the president, the people would feel safe within a month.)
How would she do it?
Grace Poe mentioned several things she would do to make sure the country feels safe.
Aside from appointing a good PNP chief, the senator said she would impose a deadline on each village to address their problem of crime and illegal drugs in exchange for cash rewards, but only if the village would register a low or zero incident.
Otherwise, the police chief of the area would be removed.
Under her term, she promised to increase the number of police patrol while at the same time raising their salaries.
All methods mentioned are directed towards the goal of making the people feel safe and trustful towards the government, regardless where they are.
Prior to this, only her presidential rival Mayor Rodrigo Duterte promised a deadline to suppress crime in the country. The 6-month plan of the Duterte and his VP running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, however, received flak after not giving any concrete plan of action other than imposing a political will.
Despite the criticisms he received, Duterte is still the most preferred president as of the latest, according to the March 30-April 3 Pulse Asia Survey.